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Penguins Relinquish Rights to Two Prospects

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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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JoJo
JoJo
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

Dean
Dean
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 »