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Pens sign 2012 third-round pick Oskar Sundqvist

May 31, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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The Swedish bridge to the NHL apparently extends from Skelleftea.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve signed 2012 third-round pick forward Oskar Sundqvist to his three-year entry-level contract. The Pens had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to sign Sundqvist or they would’ve relinquished his rights.

Sundqvist, 20, has played for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League the past two seasons. In 65 games over that time, he had seven goals and 10 assists. The Predators and Sharks have each signed players this week who were teammates with Sundqvist in Sweden.

At 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds he has NHL size, but how he adjusts to the smaller rink in North America and the style of game here will be his next challenges.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I thought the pens only got high first round picks !

    • claudegirwho - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Well it usually depends how high of a pick because the flyers always lose before us

      • flyerspsu - May 31, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        “flyers always lose before us” … the Flyers have finished higher than the Pens about 70% of the seasons

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Explain that comment please it makes no sense !

    • c9castine - May 31, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      you mean like chicago? starting in 2004 they picked 3rd, 7th, 3rd, and 1st. several other top 10 picks in that time frame too.

      chicago had high picks for years. stop acting like the pens got handed something unfairly.

      other teams too.

  2. rushledger - May 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    We did that year Derrick Puluiot 8th in 2012 and Oli Maatta 22nd in 2012. Based on what he’s done and the swede factor I’m a fan of this big time.

  3. holeecowman - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    news flash Crosby and malkin have been spotted in a local rainbow establishment giving out gummies and handies while taking some greek fudge packing by the leagues top brass in exchange for another dirty season in 14-15.
    on another note letang was seen leaveing the establishment a little early walking funny and complaining his jaw was hurting.

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