The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a 2017 fifth-round draft pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Mike Condon, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The pick gives Pittsburgh eight selections in the 2017 NHL Draft, its own selection in each of the seven rounds plus an extra choice in the fifth round.
With Matt Murray (broken thumb) fully healthy, the Pens had the ever awkward 3 goalies and 2 nets in practice situation that needed to be resolved sooner than later for all parties.
Condon, who was picked up by Pittsburgh last month when Montreal put him on waivers, only appeared in one game, for 20 minutes of relief against Nashville in a game the Pens weren't playing well. Despite Murray's injury, Pittsburgh never started Condon, instead riding Marc-Andre Fleury for the first nine games of the season.
Luckily, with all the injuries around the league (specifically in places like Los Angeles and Boston) it seemed like a market was created for a player like Condon. Nice little footnote to be able and turn an October waiver pickup into a free 5th round pick. Those picks are very rarely future NHL players, but you never know. Can't win the lottery without buying a ticket and getting something (even a marginal something) in return for literally nothing is always a nice piece of asset management.