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Penguins Trade Prospects with Anaheim, Acquire Thimo Nickl



Thimo Nickl

The Pittsburgh Penguins trade won’t exactly affect their pursuit of the 2023 Stanley Cup, or the 2024 Cup, for that matter. Friday, the Penguins acquired defenseman Thimo Nickl, currently playing in the second-tier Swedish league, from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for former fifth-round pick Judd Caulfield.

Nickl, 21, has spent the 2022-23 season with AIK of HockeyAllsvenskan, the league below the Swedish Elite League, recording eight assists and 69 penalty minutes in 47 games. In parts of three seasons in HockeyAllsvenskan, the defenseman has tallied two goals, 16 assists, and 18 points in 88 games.

The 6-foot-2, 176-pound Nickl played in 15 games for Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League, in 2020-21.

The native of Klagenfurt, Austria, played one season of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, recording 10 goals, 29 assists, and 39 points in 58 games. 

Nickl was originally drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.

Caufield, 22, was a fifth-round pick in 2019 fro the University of North Dakota. He recently completed his senior season and is eligible to turn pro. The right-winger had 11 and 10 goals in his last two seasons, respectively.

The Penguins did not specificy if they would assign Nickl to the WBS Penguins before the end of the season.