We took a look at Kasperi Kapanen, our 1st round selection and #22 overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, in an earlier post, but we didn't take a look at any of the guys that were taken with our picks in the 4th round and beyond. So let's go ahead and take a few minutes to get acquainted with the newest members of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
4th Round #113 Overall
Sam Lafferty - Ranked #253 by Central Scouting
6'1" 187lbs right-handed C/LW from Holidaysburg, Pa. 19 years old, born March 6, 1995
Played high school hockey for the past 3 seasons at Deerfield Academy, where Ben Lovejoy got his start. He plans to spend next season in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm and is committed to Brown University starting in 2015-16.
Jesse Marshall of Faceoff Factor said:
Kid plays like a BULL. Has a "follow me" attitude on the ice.
Needs to get a better first step. But is a powerful skater and a handful for defenders.
Lafferty's skating isn't bad from a top speed perspective, but I think he's a little too "upright" in his approach sometimes.
This is a kid you draft because he's big, has the right attitude, fought hard for a bad team, and has an even-keel of offensive skills.
We also have a short blurb from Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton, "Sam Lafferty brings speed and skill and tenacity on pucks. He’s going to college, so he’s a few years away."
5th Round #145 Overall
Anthony Angello - Ranked #155 by Central Scouting and #200 by The Hockey Writers
6'4" 190ls right-handed C from Manlius, NY. 18 years old, born March 6, 1996
Spent last year with the USHL Omaha Lancers, and prior to that played Junior hockey for Syracuse in the Empire League and high school hockey at Fayetteville-Manlius. He plans to return to Omaha next year and is committed to Cornell University starting in 2015-16.
His former coach Sean Brown in Fayetteville-Manlius said:
"He’s the real deal, that’s why he’s going to Cornell. They’ve been after him for quite some time.
Just size and stature, he pretty much controls the ice out there. He’s got good vision, a great shot, good hands. He’s got as many assists as goals. He’s making our team better by making the people around him better.
With his size, he can either go through you or around you depending on which way he decides to go. He’s such a big presence on the ice. It’s hard to get a hold of him. Most kids on other teams are taking cheap shots, hitting him low, hooking him, but he fights through that and doesn’t let that bother him."
Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton said "Anthony Angello has really good size, good skill and is hard and heavy on pucks."
6th Round #173 Overall
Jaden Lindo - Ranked #211 by Central Scouting, #116 by International Scouting Services, #154 by The Hockey Writers, and #151 by Dobber Prospects
6'1" 201lbs right-handed RW from Brampton, Ontario. 18 years old, born January 11th, 1996.
Spent the past 2 seasons with the OHL Owen Sound Attack, prior to which he played for the Toronto Malboros Minor Midget. He is expected to return to the OHL next season and most likely will finish out his final two seasons in the Juniors before turning pro.
He is considered a bit of a draft steal because he was ranked higher in the mid-term rankings before suffering a knee injury, which caused him to fall all the way to us in the 6th round. Perhaps because he was ranked higher earlier in the season, or perhaps because he plays for a high profile Major Junior team, but it is much easier to find information about Lindo than it is our other picks. He has been compared to both Joel Ward and Wayne Simmonds, players he idolizes and says he tries to emulate when he plays.
Jesse Marshall of Faceoff Factor said "Lindo is poised to have one of the better breakout OHL seasons of anyone next year. One of the more difficult guys to play against. Lindo is a true power presence and has developed a great patience with the puck that can develop him into a point producer."
Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects, amongst other big name hockey sites, said "Jaden Lindo at 173rd to the #Penguins is one of the best picks of the #NHLDraft Wow. Kid will skate through a wall."
Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations said "Possessing a seemingly non-stop motor, Lindo is quick on the forecheck and a pain to play against. He plays 200-feet, does the little things and is willing to take the necessary abuse to help his team win."
Bill Placzek of Draftsite.com says:
Big strong winger who is far from being polished player. Has good wheel and speed, but still learning the game as a attacker and defender. Not easy to knock off balance. Has shone times when he plays with a bit of nasty, but not with any consistency. Good in the corners, plays well without the puck, and although not the best developed offensive skilled guy,has potential.
The Hockey Writers Shawk Reznik has a solid write up on him as well, they project his as a Checking line energy forward who is still 3-4 years away from the NHL.
Jaden Lindo of the Owen Sound Attack is a very tough competitor on the ice. His strength makes it difficult for anyone to match up with him, plus he’s always moving around the ice to find opportunistic seams in the defense. A fierce winger, Lindo is a tireless skater with and without the puck.
He was hoping to add to his offensive game this year, but Lindo never was consistently on the scoresheet. He does have nice defensive skills that are utilized every shift. He positions himself well away from the puck and can throw some heavy hits along the boards and in the open ice.
And of course Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton's take, "Jaden Lindo is big, good along the wall, heavy on pucks, strong, good on the forecheck. He’s very good along the wall, very good on pucks, great low game. He’ll chip in with some offense, very reliable defensively."
7th Round #203 Overall
Jeff Taylor - Unranked
6'0" 180lbs left-handed D from Clifton Park, NY. 20 years old, born April 13, 1994.
Played his Freshman year at Union College last year where he won the NCAA Championship at the Frozen Four and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. The prior season he played for the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints where he won the Clark Cup championship. He played high school hockey at the Albany Academy. He will be returning to Union for his Sophomore season next year.
As an overager who went undrafted twice and was picked up in his final year of eligibility, he wasn't on anybody's radar, so information on him is hard to find short of fans of the Union Dutchmen who have seen him play. Although my friend from that area who regularly watches Union as they are int he same Conference as his RPI Engineers said "Who?" when I told him we drafted this kid from his neck of the woods.
In reading up on him the best I can find comes from the HF Boards, in which the Hockey's Future staff that covers the NCAA said "Great puck-moving dman. On the raw side but has great upside & potential." Apparently he was partnered with Shayne Gostisbehere and was considered the #3 D on the team, and with Ghost and Mat Bodie gone he is expected to take on a much bigger role with the team next year. One of Ghost's fans said:
Even though he's 20, he still has some upside to his game. Good all around dman. Won't wow you, but has good IQ, good skater and good distributor from the back end.
Was Gostisbehere's safety net at times, as Ghost would join the rush quite a bit.
Can struggle with physical play/when forechecked hard and sometimes makes bad reads in the dzone.
And finally our Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Randy Sexton said "Our last pick, Jeff Taylor, is smallish but a very mobile, puck-moving defenseman. So the fact that we could get him in the seventh round, we’re delighted."