Congratulations to a couple former Amateur and Jr Penguin birth Year players who were selected in the NHL Draft this past weekend. Goalie, John Gibson who competed on the Jr Penguins 93 Birth Year team was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round and 39th overall. John’s path in Pittsburgh with the Jr Penguins led him to the Pittsburgh Hornets and on to the US National Development Team for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons before being drafted.
Later in round two, Brandon Saad was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks 43rd. Brandon was a member of the 92 Birth Year team with the Amateur Penguins that has seen several players make their way to the Tier I and Tier II Jr Hockey levels. Brandon’s path also took him to the Hornets before playing in the NAHL, USHL (with the USNDT) and on to the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL.