The Penguins weren’t done dealing, sending defenseman Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix for defenseman Harrison Ruopp, goalie Marc Cheverie, and a third-round pick. Michalek played five seasons with the Coyotes before signing a free-agent deal with Pittsburgh in 2010.
Washington ended the run on defensemen, taking center Filip Forsberg with the No. 11 pick. The 17-year-old Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior championships. Forsberg said he models his game after former NHL star Peter Forsberg, though the two aren’t related.
The Buffalo Sabres took center Mikhail Grigorenko, who like Yakupov is from Russia, with the No. 12 selection. The massive 6-foot-3, 200-pound Grigorenko led rookies in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring last season, netting 40 goals and adding 45 assists for the Quebec Remparts.
The Staals weren’t the only players who made the draft a family affair. The Boston Bruins chose goalie Malcolm Subban with the No. 24 pick. Subban’s older brother, P.K., is a forward with the Canadians.
Phoenix drafted forward Henrik Samuelsson at No. 27. Samuelsson’s father, Ulf, played 1,080 games in the NHL and won two Stanley Cup titles with Pittsburgh.
The elder Samuelsson received a warm ovation when his face flashed up on the Jumbotron. It likely won’t be the same for former NHL Stephane Matteau, whose son Stefan was taken by the New Jersey Devils with the 29th pick.
Stephane Matteau, playing for the New York Rangers, eliminated the Devils and rookie goalie Martin Brodeur with a double-overtime goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in 1994.
Now his son will try to help the franchise that is coming off a Stanley Cup finals loss to the Los Angeles Kings earlier this month.