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Penguins’ Top Pick Brayden Yager Wins Championship

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Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Brayden Yager

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Brayden Yager had an explosive playoff run, and the Moose Jaw Warriors sliced through the WHL playoffs, culminating in a WHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament.

Yager was a primary driver of Moose Jaw’s attack, scoring 11 goals with 27 points in 20 playoff games. The center was the Penguins’ 2023 first-round pick (14th overall) and finished third in playoff scoring. Yager trailed only teammates Denton Mateychuk (12th overall, 2022 pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and Jagger Firkus (35th overall, 2022 pick Seattle Kraken).

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The Memorial Cup will be held in Saginaw, Michigan from May 24-June 2. For Penguins fans who might be unfamiliar, it is a round-robin tournament featuring the three winners of the Canadian Hockey League major junior titles (OHL, WHL, QMJHL) and the host team.

London won the OHL title, and Drummondville won the QMJHL.

In the regular season, Yager finished with a career-high in goals and points, scoring 35 goals and 95 points. He also represented Team Canada at the 2024 World Juniors, scoring three goals and five points in five games.

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William Maloni
William Maloni
7 days ago

Someone, please get him to a dietician to add pounds of muscle and weight room–before or after he works on skating–he’s needed in Pittsburgh.

Brad
Brad
7 days ago

Boy would it be nice to get some fresh legs to play 2C if he can handle it. Also plays defense. Might work well with malkin and bunting on wings

Rob P
Rob P
7 days ago
Reply to  Brad

Yager and Malkin will most likely not where a Pens uniform at the same time – maybe in training camp…

Christopher Castine
Christopher Castine
7 days ago
Reply to  Rob P

hmm? In the next two years? There is a 99% chance Yager and Malkin share a uniform in the next two years.

Cal
Cal
7 days ago

It’s NHL or Moose Jaw next year. Unfortunately he may be too good for more development in Junior but not quite ready for the NHL. KInda stuck in the middle. Regardless, he is on track to be a very good player for the Penguins. Keep it going Yager!