The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired minor league defenseman Blake Siebenaler from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional 2019 pick, according to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Monday. If Siebenaler plays 10 games with the Penguins this season, the Penguins will give Columbus a seventh-round choice.
Siebenaler, 22, is in his third professional season. He was the Columbus third-round selection in 2014. The blueliner is 6-foot-2, 207 pounds and according to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton play-by-play Nick Hart, has excellent speed.
This season with the Cleveland Monsters, Siebenaler has two points (1g, 1a) in 17 games. He is a minus-11 and has six penalty minutes. Last season, Siebenaler had six points (3g, 3a) in 23 games.
Siebenaler played three seasons of junior hockey for the Niagara IceDogs after a brief stint with Indiana of the USHL. The Fort Wayne, IN native will report to the WBS Penguins.
The move is interesting as the WBS Penguins typically have two defensemen serve as healthy scratches and expect the return of defenseman Jeff Taylor, soon.
The Penguins have acquired defenseman Blake Siebenthaler from Columbus. He was one of the best skating D available at the 2014 draft. He can really scoot, and was a one-man breakout at times. https://t.co/lURDh9pvCH
— Nick Hart (@_NickHart) February 11, 2019