The Pittsburgh Penguins traded up six spots in the second-round (64th to 58th overall) on draft day, and they also traded a fifth-round pick to the Colorado Avalanche to select forward/center Filip Hallander . He is just 18 years old and Hallander has a lot of upside to be an elite NHL player one day. Because of that, the Pittsburgh Penguins have already signed him to an three-year entry-level deal.
Pittsburgh didn’t make a move like this since 2015 with Daniel Sprong. Filip Hallander is a terrific skater in open ice and he is also a tough player. Hallander gets into the dirty areas and score goals and he also is a very good passer.
Filip Hallander scored nine goals and recorded 11 assists, in 40 games last season with Timra IK in the Allsvenskan league. His plus/minus was 6. In nine-playoff games, he scored a goal and recorded an assist. His plus/minus was -2.
Hallander also played for the U18 Sweden team. He scored four goals and recorded three assists, in 13 games. His plus/minus was 4.
Hallander will start the 2018-2019 season with Timra IK. Once he done for the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Filip Hallander were to play for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL). It wouldn’t be a surprise if Hallander plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins sometime during the 2019-2020 season.
Once he reaches the NHL level, it will be tough for the Penguins not to take to him out of the lineup. Filip Hallander can make an impact right away. He obviously isn’t proven yet, but once Filip Hallander proves himself, he will be a star and a force for the Pittsburgh Penguins for a long time.