Pittsburgh didn’t have a pick in the first round on Tuesday but they were pretty active on Day Two on Wednesday. First, they made a trade.
Gruden’s pedigree is as follows…
Gruden is considering heading back to juniors for what would be considered an overage year.
With the freshly minted pick they obtained from the Senators, Pittsburgh selected…
Backing up a sec, look for Casey DeSmith to back up Tristan Jarry in a shortened NHL season, whenever that starts. That leaves Emil Larmi and Alex D’Orio here on the farm, but look for Pittsburgh to sign a veteran goalie for full time work in the AHL (whenever that season starts) and either D’Orio or Larmi to be the backup in a (likely) even shorter AHL season.
Pittsburgh went with another goalie with their 77th pick in selecting Calle Clang.
That makes two of us.
Deeper, Pittsburgh went with Lukas Svejkovsky at 108.
Raivis Ansons was next at 149th overall.
Teddy Blueger has a friend in the locker room now.
And then finally…
If you are a subscriber to The Athletic, Corey Pronman had a summary of Pittsburgh’s picks you can check out here.
I debated doing this again this season, but in a pinch I always go back to the older posts when Pittsburgh had drafts before in the past, so it’s good to carry on that tradition in some regard, even though it is October and we should be gearing up for a season.
On that front, there was a bit of news this week.
That affects the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, where the Penguins play. It’s a 15% max capacity of a venue up to 10,000. The Penguins play in an arena that can seat 8,000, so that is about…checks math….1200 people. Can you make money off of 1200 people? How many other people get turned away? I don’t think it can work, honestly.
Also, Hartford will need to find a new home next season.
It’s the University of Connecticut, but they share the building with the Wolf Pack. Could Hartford play all of it’s games on the road? Will there be an AHL bubble?
Who knows. Wear a mask, please.