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Ducks Trade Pettersson For Sprong
By Richard Gonzalez
Sprong, 21, was drafted by the Penguins in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2015 NHL entry draft. He is a right winger who shoots right and is approximately 6’0″ and 180 pounds. He has played in 16 games this season earning 4 assists. He has played a total of 42 NHL games scoring 9 points (4 goals and 5 assists).
Sprong signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Penguins on June 28, 2018. He will become a restricted free agent after the 2019/2020 season.
Pettersson was selected in the second round of the draft(38 overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in 2014. He has played in 27 games this season scoring 6 assists and has played a total of 49 NHL games scoring 10 points (1 goal and 10 assists).
Sprong is described as an offensive-minded forward that can set up scoring chances for teammates. He is responsible defensively as well. He is a very hard working and wants to improve his game. (Elite Prospects).
Sprong seemed to be underutilized with the Penguins. He has a great work ethic and will have the opportunity to have success in Anaheim. Pettersson has been playing well for the Ducks this season but with a surplus of young talented defensemen, he seems like he was the odd man out. He will add size to the Penguins blue line and we wish him all the best.
I think this one will be a “time will tell deal.” I would learn more in favor of the Ducks winning because they have a good track record for having other struggling players to produce. He has a lot of potential and I think this trade might help him to reach that potential. I’m looking forward to see what he brings.
His jersey number will be 11. Welcome to the Ducks, Sprong!
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December 3rd, 2018