Jim Rutherford on Wednesday decided that the Penguins will be keeping their 2020 first-round pick and sending their 2021 first-round pick to Minnesota to complete the Jason Zucker trade.
With the Penguins set to select No. 15 overall, they will have their highest first-round pick in eight years. Who are some potential players the Penguins could take with that pick? Let’s take a look.
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Size: 6-2, 210
Schneider was ranked the No. 9 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting this year, and came in at No. 17 overall on Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings.
Schneider is a two-way defenseman who plays on the Wheat Kings’ power play and penalty kill. He’s one of the more sizable prospects available in this range, and he plays a physical game. He turns 19 this Sept. 20, missing the cutoff to be eligible for last year’s draft by just five days, so he’s a bit more physically mature than other eligible prospects.
Position: Center/right wing
Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Size: 5-10, 172
Jarvis was ranked the No. 11 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting this year, and came in at No. 18 overall on Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings.
Jarvis has a good two-way game and is one of his team’s best penalty killers.
Team: HIFK (Liiga)
Size: 6-1, 187
Lundell was ranked the No. 3 European skater by NHL Central Scouting this year, and came in at No. 12 overall on Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings.
Lundell has played in the top Finnish men’s league for the past two seasons. The 2019-20 season was his first full season in Liiga, and he finished seventh on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists in 44 games. He was the league’s leading scorer among first-year draft eligible players and younger this year.
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