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The Potential Penguins Breakout Prospect: ‘Feisty’ Lukas Svejkovsky (+)



Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Lukas Svejkovsky

CRANBERRY — His slick passes impressed the coaches on the ice. He’s a little taller, a lot stronger, and turning pro this year. Pittsburgh Penguins 2020 fourth-round pick Lukas Svejkovsky, a right winger, is as ready as he’ll be for the jump to the pros.

Listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Svejkovsky is clearly a little bigger now. The scraggly mustache he sported when we chatted last September is now filled in, and his voice has a deeper assurance.

Svejkovsky, 20, played last season with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Seattle Thunderbirds as an overage junior. It is harder to predict where skilled players will wind up. The WBS Penguins are his most likely starting point this fall, but finding space on the ice is a lot different against professionals than it is against 17-year-old juniors.

Sniping a corner is a bit tougher against professional goalies, too.

But in addition to his slippery moves, vision, and shot, Sevjkovsky doesn’t shy away from physicality. WBS Penguins coach J.D. Forrest noticed.

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