By: Nick Richter
The Pittsburgh Penguins surprised the hockey world Friday night by sending center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for this year’s No. 8 overall pick, center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin.
Staal, 23, played six seasons with the Penguins notching 120 goals and 128 assists for a total of 248 points in 431 games. The trade will unite him with Eric Staal and Jared Staal, who are both members of the Hurricanes organization.
Sutter, 23, notched 17 goals (3 shorthanded) and 32 points in 82 games this past season with the Hurricanes. He will most likely be the Penguins new third line center and should be very effective with the role because of his size. He 6-foot-3 and weighs 183 pounds.
Dumoulin, 20, tallied 7 goals and 28 points in 44 games with the Boston College Eagles this past year. He was a second round pick in 2009.
The Pens drafted defenseman Derrick Pouliot with the 8th overall pick. Pouliot played for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL with Joe Morrow, the Penguins 2011 first round draft pick. You can read more about him here.
Pouliot spoke with the media after being drafted.