Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pens Add a Few Prospects

The Pens have made a few minor signings in the last week, acquiring a few young prospects. The first prospect they acquired was right winger Nicholas Petersen, a 6 foot 3 power forward. Petersen, drafted by the Pens in the 4th round 2009, had been playing with St John of the QMJHL and totalled 79 points in 59 games. Petersen was signed for three years at entry-level money. The Pens also traded a 6th round pick in the upcoming draft to the Ducks for goaltender Mattias Modig. Modig, 23, was a 4th round pick by the Ducks in the 2007 draft. Modig is a very technical butterfly goaltender that posted a 2.35 GAA and .913 SV% in his last 2 seasons playing in Sweden. Modig was also signed to an entry level contract, but for only 2 years. The addition of Petersen is a solid depth move at the winger position, but the Modig trade surprises me. The Pens already have a "log-jam" of goaltenders in the system with the potential of Pechurskiy, Killeen, and now Modig joining Curry and Theissen. Theissen is likely a "no-brainer" for the AHL starter position, and nothing yet official has been signed with either Pechurskiy or Killeen, but it still presents an interesting situation when training camp rolls around in the fall.

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