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In the System Update - Drafted Forwards

Axel Holmstrom - Although there is no relation to Tomas, Axel models his game around around the Mule, who made a career out of making goaltenders lives miserable. While he does not possess the same hands and finish, he makes up for it with his intensity and willingness to play in the dirty areas. 

 

Nikolay Prokhorkin - At one point, the Russian power forward had aspirations to play in North America. However, it appears that he is content playing in the Kontiental Hockey League. Porky has the skillset to be an effective player in North America. The Pens brass are hopeful he will one day make the jump. 

 

Seth Griffith - The Wallaceburg native has bounced around a lot lately having spent time playing for Bruins, Leafs, Panthers and Sabres the past few season. The 25-year old has dominated at the AHL level but has yet to find his game in the pros. There is still hope that he will find his way. 

 

Jack Badini - Jacky boy has the skillset to become an offensive contributor one day. After a strong showing in the USHL in 2016/2017, Badini played for Harvard University and tallied 17 points (10 goals) in 33 games as a freshmen. It is expected that he assumes a larger role next year and has a chance of representing USA at this coming World Junior tournament this year. 

 

Kyle Olson - The smallish winger sustained an injury that ultimately stunted his growth this year. He is a spark plug who has no issues battling in the greasy areas to help his team succeed. Sadly, his size is not necessarily conducive to his style of play, which ultimately puts him in jeopardy of getting banged up.  

 

Skyler McKenzie - Stats indicate that McKenzie has the potential to be a superstar one day. His size, toughness and play in his own end suggest a different story. Mckenzie has amassed 99 goals in his previous 144 regular season WHL games. Impressive stats for sure but one has to wonder whether size will be his downfall in the long run. 

 

Tim Soderlund - The hockey news reported in January that Soderlund could be the Viktor Arvidsson. The diminutive winger plays a big mans game and has a knack for scoring goals when his team needs them the most. Despite still being in his teens, the Swedish native spent time playing the SHL last season and could be ready to make the jump soon.  

 

Zachary Gallant - Despite taking a step back in terms of offensive production, Gallant possesses a well rounded game and the size (6’2, 200lbs) required to be successful in the bigs. He is defensively responsible, embraces the physical side of the game, and has wheels that could make him a solid bottom six forward one day.