It’s been long rumored that the Penguins were interested in Detroit Red Wings center Riley Sheahan, and today Pittsburgh pulled the trigger on it. From the team:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a 2018 third-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Sheahan is signed through the 2017-18 season and he carries an average annual value of $2,075,000.
Sheahan, 25, has played his entire NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, notching 98 career regular-season points (38G-60A) in 292 contests. He was originally Detroit’s first-round draft pick (21st overall) in 2010.
A 6-foot-3, 214-pound product of St. Catharines, Ontario, Sheahan collected 13 points (2G-11A) and had a career-high 50.6-percent faceoff success rate in 80 games with the Wings in 2016-17. The two years prior to last season, Sheahan had scored 14 and 13 goals, respectively.
Sheahan’s best offensive season came in 2014-15 when he had 36 points on 13 goals and 23 assists in 79 games. He scored five of his goals on the power play that year.
Sheahan has skated in 17 career NHL playoff games, netting two goals, two assists and four points.
Before making the full-time jump to the NHL, he played two-plus years with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, where he had 56 points (25G-31A) in 110 regular-season games. Sheahan helped Grand Rapids win the 2013 Calder Cup championship, producing 16 points (3G-13A) in 24 games. His 13 assists led all AHL rookies that spring.
Sheahan played three years collegiately at Notre Dame, scoring 20 goals, 44 assists and 64 points in 114 games. During his time there, he was teammates with Penguins forward Bryan Rust, and Ryan Guentzel, the older brother of Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.
Wilson is a two time Stanley Cup champion but has fallen out of favor this year to be the team’s 13th forward, being a healthy scratch ever since Patric Hornqvist returned to game-shape.
Sheahan is interesting in the fact he was great under coach Mike Babcock, but has struggled recently under coach Jeff Blashill. He’s young at 25, big, can skate but can he produce better in a change of scenery? If so, Pittsburgh probably got a good trade.
Much more on this in the days to come.