The Penguins made a serious statement this past weekend at the NEFHL Live draft selecting two players within the top ten. Prior to the teams arrival in Ottawa, the Pens had the rights to picks 16 and 20 and made it no secret that they planned on moving up in the draft. 

"We were in contact with a number of teams and discussed the option of moving into the top ten to select a guy that we really coveted. Never in a million years did we feel that we would be able to do it twice." said the Pens GM. 

When the 3rd overall selection rolled around, the rumour on the draft floor was that the Hawks brass were looking into the possibility of moving the pick. It did not take long for the Pens to find (stumble) their way over to the Hawks table. 

"It was really quite simple. We asked them to name their price and they did. They made it clear that they wanted four pieces or the equivalent of four 1st round picks in exchange of the selection. We made a request to swap out one of the pieces that they initially wanted and ultimately they were willing to do so. After a minute or two of reflecting on the asking price it was quite clear to us that this was a deal that we could make. We had the opportunity to select a difference maker and we did so. We added another pillar to the back end and some serious swag."  

There was no surprise when the Penguins announced that they were taking American born defender, Seth Jones, with the third overall selection. Jones projects as a future franchise defender and has been mentioned in the same sentence as future Hall of Famer, Chris Pronger. The Hawks ended up moving the 16th and 20th selections to add more picks later on in the draft. Also heading their way was the PIT1 in 2014 and prospect Stefan Noesen. 

The Pens did not stop there. When the 10th pick was on the clock, the Pens brass set their sites on Tampa Bay's draft table with the intention of acquiring their pick. Having talked the day before and throughout the draft, both GM's managed to agree on a suitable deal that filled both clubs needs. 

"We've wanted to draft Bo Horvat for the last couple of months now. He's a player that we have liked all along and was very impressed by his regular season and playoff performances. He is a guy who brings everything to the table and has a tremendous compete level. It hurts having to give up on solid assets like Hampus Lindholm, Zack Phillips and Tyler Johnson - but it was a price that we were willing to play to get who we want." 

While those two moves were the biggest splashes the Penguins made this weekend, they also parted ways with goaltender Anders Lindback and a couple late round picks. In return the Pens picked up backup goalie Thomas Greiss and top six forward Mike Cammalleri. 

"This was a deal that worked for both squads. Cammy brings a lot of speed, leadership and offensive talent to the table. He is someone that should be able to keep up with Sid and we feel that they could work very well together. Greiss fills the backup role that would have ultimately been Lindback's this coming season. We're glad to bring in two assets that should help us next year." 

Finally, the Penguins drafted high risk, high reward prospects Gabryel Paquin-Bourdeau, Markus Soberg and Jean-Sebastien Dea. All three prospects are projects that the Penguins were willing to gamble on. 

Current Top Ten Prospects

1. Seth Jones

2. Jonas Brodin

3. Tyler Toffoli

4. Griffin Reinhart

5. Bo Horvat

6. Simon Despres

7. Malcolm Subban

8. Radek Faksa

9. Mark McNeill

10. Laurent Brossoit

HM: Seth Griffith, Alex Petrovic, Adam Pelech