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Penguins Relinquish Rights to Two Prospects



Pittsburgh Penguins prospects, Thimo Nickl

The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool officially shrank by two Saturday when the team did not tender offers, thus losing exclusive negotiating rights to a pair of prospects.

Thimo Nickl and Nolan Collins were due contracts by 5 p.m. June 1, but it the Penguins and president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas did not sign either. Both will become free agents.

Update: The Penguins confirmed the situation to PHN.

Nickl, 22, was acquired on March 31, 2023, from Anaheim in exchange for the rights to 2019 fifth-rounder Judd Caufield. Nickl was Anaheim’s fourth-round pick in 2020 (104th overall). After three seasons, mostly in the second-tier Swedish league, he made his North American debut this season and played exclusively for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

In 66 games, the 6-foot-3, right-handed defenseman scored two goals with 19 assists.

Nolan Collins, 20, was the Penguins’ sixth-round pick in 2022 (167th overall) from the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. The heavy defenseman doesn’t score many points but is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. This season, he scored six goals with 20 assists in 65 games.

Both unsigned players were acquired by former GM Ron Hextall.

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11 days ago

Any idea why Yager still hasn’t sign an ELC? There is still 1 year till the deadline, but usually first round picks from the CHL get signed early

7 hours ago

Dan, thinking about Dubas’ comment, Laine might fit that objective, however I don’t think he is the right fit, even if you got him on the cheap. Too many issues. The two players that I am watching are Kakko and Kotkaniemi. If the Pens can move a couple of players to pick-up assets that could be used for someone like Kakko. The Canes need to dump Kotkaniemi. He has 6 more years at $4.82M. The buyout is $835K for 12 years. The Pens may even want to take on the contract, Kakko may cost a first-round pick+. If Dubas moved… Read more »