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Penguin officials will be busy tracking the NCAA tournament this week as the Penguins have six draft picks playing in the tournament.

F Kasper Bjorkqvist, Providence | 2016 Second round Pick
29 GP – 3 Goals – 6 Assists – 12 Points

D Jeff Taylor, Union | 2014 Seventh round pick
37 GP – 9 Goals – 24 Assists – 33 Points

F Anthony Angello, Cornell | 2014 Fifth round pick
34 GP – 12 Goals – 8 Assists – 20 Points

D Dane Birks, Michigan Tech | 2013 Sixth round pick
41 GP – 2 Goals – 7 Assists – 9 Points

F Nikita Pavlychev, Penn State | 2015  Seventh round pick
34 GP – 4 Goals – 7 Assists – 11 Points

F Frederik Tiffels, Western Michigan |2015 Sixth round pick
36 GP – 7 Goals – 12 Assists – 19 Points

— The top three Penguin prospects playing in the tournament are Kasper Bjorkqvist, Jeff Taylor and Anthony Angello. Bjorkqvist a 2nd round pick in 2016, has put up low offensive numbers in his freshman season but there’s a lot to like in his game. His play along the wall and in tight around the net often stands out. The Penguins expect the offensive production to increase next season and he could turn pro after the 2017-2018 season.

Union’s Jeff Taylor, the Penguins top prospect on defense is one of the best defensemen in college hockey. Smooth, puck moving d-man who the Penguins will aggressively try to sign after the season. If Taylor opts for free agency, he’d have 20 teams chasing him.

Angello is a big 6-foot-5 center with some scoring ability. Had a great start to season but numbers fell off during the second half.

NCAA Tournament: Penguins Prospects in Action

March 24 | Harvard – Providence, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN U)
March 24 | Air Force – Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN 3)
March 25 | Denver – Michigan Tech, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN 3)
March 25 | Penn State – Union, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
March 25 | Cornell – UMass Lowell, 12:00 p.m. (ESPN 3)


RW Josh Archibald, WBS Scranton | 16 Goals – 13 Assists – 29 Points |
– Archibald scored his 16th goal of the season in Wilkes Barre’s 5-2 win over Hartford on Tuesday night and earned a call-up to the big club for tonight’s game vs Ottawa. The 24 year old winger has 3 goals in his last four AHL games and has totaled 5 goals over his last 8 games. Archibald is tied for the AHL lead with 4 shorthanded goals and his plus-26 rating ranks third.

Archibald is waiver eligible next season and with excellent north-south speed to go with some offensive ability, he’s not only showcasing himself for a full-time role with the Penguins next season but also around the league as the Penguins will only have so many spots available.

F Dominik Simon, WBS Scranton | 12 Goals – 29 Assists – 41 Points
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