The Pittsburgh Penguins saw forward Daniel Sprong remain up with the NHL club for just 18 games before the Dutch forward was reassigned back to the QMJHL to finish out his 2015-16 season.
Now, though, the Charlottetown Islanders – who he has played with for the last three seasons – have been eliminated from the 2016 postseason, so he’s headed to the AHL to help with another playoff push.
The Penguins confirmed that Sprong, who finished his post-draft season with 46 regular season points and 15 playoff points through 33 and 12 games, respectively, will join the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins now that he’s finished with his major junior year. He’s been reassigned to the minor league affiliate just in time to start the playoffs with them, as they’ll head into their first game tomorrow against the Providence Bruins.
Drafted 46th overall by the Penguins at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Sprong hopes to become one of just four Dutch-born hockey players to make it in the NHL. A native of Amsterdam, the forward and his family moved from the Netherlands to Canada to pursue his junior hockey career – but if he makes it full-time in the NHL in the next few years, he’ll be making history.
The AHL Penguins and Sprong head into their first round of the postseason with the third seed in the Atlantic Division, where they’ll look to oust the second-seeded Providence Bruins to compete for the Calder Cup.