by Tony on 05/27/11 at 08:50 PM ET
From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:
The NHL Entry Draft has historically been dominated by Canadian-born players. And usually, the American-born players that do end up being selected in the draft hail from hockey hotbeds like Minnesota, Massachusetts and Michigan.
But this year, Pittsburgh will be amply represented, as the Steel City is set to have its best NHL draft class ever. A total of five prospects who grew up playing developmental hockey in the Pittsburgh area – John Gibson (Baldwin), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia), J.T. Miller (E. Palestine, OH/Coraopolis), Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) and Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair) – are ranked among the best players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, set for June 24-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
To top it off, three of those players – Gibson, Saad and Miller – are projected as potential first-round picks.
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