Penguins trade Daniel Sprong to Anaheim for defenseman
Unable to elbow his way into the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, winger Daniel Sprong was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Marcus Pettersson on Monday.
Sprong, 21, established himself as the organization’s top goal-scoring prospect with a goal-per-game season in juniors two years ago and a point-per-game season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last season.
Amidst concerns from the coaching staff about his play away from the puck, he never found his way into the NHL lineup on a regular basis. He had no goals and four assists in 16 games with the Penguins this season.
Pettersson, 22, is considered an up-and-coming young defenseman. He has been among Anaheim’s top six defensemen most of this season, recording no goals, six assists and a plus-4 rating in 27 games.
A second-round pick in the 2014 draft, Pettersson has a 6-foot-3 frame and a left-handed shot.
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at email@example.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.