2019 NHL Draft

Unless a trade occurs, the Penguins will have a first-round draft pick for the first time since 2014. Just don’t expect the Pens pick to be in Pittsburgh for long. The Pens have a penchant for trading away their first-round selections if they have one: Kasperi Kapanen was drafted in 2014 and sent to Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal; Olli Maatta, the Penguins first-rounder in 2012 was traded last week to the Blackhawks; and the 6 first-round choices prior to Maatta played little meaningful time with the big club before being traded. Over the next two days, the Penguins have 6 picks in the 2019 NHL Draft including Pick #21 in the first round, as well as 98 (fourth-round from Buffalo), 145 (fifth-round), 151 (fifth-round from Chicago), 203 (seventh-round from Vegas), and 207 (seventh-round).