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2009 NHL Draft: Pittsburgh Penguins draft Andy Bathgate, 151st overall

(OHL - Belleville)
GP G A P PIM
2008 - Andy Bathgate (C)
44 4 12
16
10

With the 151st pick in the 2009 NHL Draft the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Andy Bathgate, grandson to former Penguin and long-time Ranger Andy Bathgate.  The Brampton, Ontario native didn't up impressive numbers in last year's run with Belleville but that's due more to a shoulder injury that took him off the ice for most of the season.  He has since been patched up and is back to 100%.

Jay Heinbuck, director of scouting for the Penguins, said he's not concerned about what's on the paper.  

"Coach and GM George Burnett in Belleville has to say that this kid has an upside to him and the next couple of years are going to be really good seasons for him."

Jay Heinbuck

The Pens already have strong ties with Belleville, Eric Tangradi's alma mater.  In fact the Pens had Tangradi on their radar in the past but missed out on him by just a few draft slots.  No matter.  He's in the system now and according Heinbuck "doing fine" after severing a tendon in his hand this past season.

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