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Insider Only Penguins select skilled winger Daniel Sprong in Round 2, all three more forwards in late rounds

download The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Charlottetown Islanders forward Daniel Sprong with the 46th overall selection in the NHL entry draft.
Sprong (6-0, 180) who is a Netherlands native and a right handed shot, had 39 goals and 88 points in 68 games this past season. In two seasons in the QMJHL, Sprong has collected 69 goals and 156 points in 135 games.
Sprong is regarded in scouting circles as one of those boom or bust prospects. He’s electric with the puck, great skating ability but is considered a bit of a 1-on-1 player.
Sprong was the 20th ranked North American Skater by Central Scouting, 33rd in Bob McKenzie’s draft rankings.

Central Scouting
“He has blazing speed, a great shot, and the puck skills and hockey sense to be an effective playmaker.”
LW Dominik Simon, 5th Round, 137th overall
Height: 5-11, Weight: 176
2014-2015 Team: Plzen
2014-2015 Stats: 18 goals – 12 Assists – 30 points
Randy Sexton Director of Amateur Scouting: “Dominik Simon is a late bloomer, really. He’s a guy that played at the World Championships this year, so our pro guys and our amateur guys got to see him. He played a couple of games with (Jaromir) Jagr and played well, looked comfortable. Certainly outscored and outperformed many NHL players that were there — Source: Tribune-Review
LW Federick Tiffels, 6th round, 167th overall
Height: 6-0, Weight: 192
2014-2015 Team: Western Michigan University
2014-2015 Stats: 11 goals – 10 Assists – 21 points
Randy Sexton: “He’s got good skills. He’s a thickly built young man. He’s got good size. His speed is slightly above average. Plays for Andy Murray at Western Michigan, so you know he knows how to play both sides of the puck. We think we got a little bit of a sleeper there. We’re pretty excited about him. — Source: Tribune-Review
Center Nikita Pavlychev, 7th round, 197th overall
Height: 6-7, Weight: 200
2014-2015 Team: Des Moines
2014-2015 Stats: 6 goals – 10 Assists – 16 points
Randy Sexton: “He’s big. He’s got good skill. He’s got some real bite to his game. His skating needs work.” — Source: Tribune-Review

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