PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Nathan Legare fired two pucks past Columbus Blue Jackets Veini Vehvilainen in 23 seconds Thursday night. The Penguins beat Columbus 4-1.
Reporters huddled around Legare in the Penguins locker room. The soft-spoken 2019 third-round pick has shown a heavy wrist shot since the first moments of Penguins rookie camp in June.
“Legare had a really good game (Thursday). I think it’s been obvious, and it’s really jumped out at all of us, his ability to shoot the puck,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. “He can finish. He can really shoot it and he likes to shoot it.”
The Penguins traded back into the third round to draft Legare. Coincidentally, Legare is lifelong friends with Penguins first-round pick Sam Poulin. Legare will most likely be returned to his junior team, Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL within the next week, but he has shown well in Penguins training camp, according to PHN Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski.
Legare admitted his skating needs more work but the youngster already has an NHL shot. The Penguins