One of the prospects that will be competing in next weeks rookie tournament is Pittsburgh Penguins’ defensive draftee Scott Harrington.
Harrington, 20, was selected by the Pens in the second-round (54th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and has all the tools to create longevity with the organization.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 205-pounds, the solid two-way defenseman has exceptional puck management, and logs enough ice-time to make a hockey player sweat more than usual — if that’s possible.
Playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the London Knights the past four seasons, Harrington served as the captain his final year and helped the team win back-to-back OHL Championships (2012, 2013).
Selected to the 2009-10 OHL First All-Rookie Team, the adept defenseman was chosen for the OHL First-Team All-Stars in back-to-back years (2012, 2013) and was also picked to serve as one of Canada’s alternate captains for the upcoming 2013 World Junior U20 Championships.
Over the course of his career with the Knights, Harrington — who is an Ontario native — has performed in 216 regular-season games and recorded 81 points (13G, 68A), while averaging an overall plus-58 rating.
Joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens during their Calder Cup Playoff run last season, in the first game he played, Harrington scored a goal on his first professional shot attempt.
Not bad at all.
However, he finished the game with a minus-2 rating, and the baby Pens were trounced from the postseason a game later by the Syracuse Crunch.
The young defenseman will enter training camp looking to make the NHL roster; however, judging by his experience level, he will more than likely play in WBS for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
His leadership qualities are uncanny and that’s probably part of the reason Pittsburgh drafted him, but because the Pens are overstocked on defenders, they’ll let Harrington take a year to grow down in WBS.
Look for the prospect defenseman to make an immediate impact with the baby Pens, and be sure to keep an eye on how well he performs in next weeks rookie tournament.
He should be familiar with where they’ll be playing for the tourney because they’re competing in Budweiser Gardens — home of the London Knights.