1995 Entry Draft Selections
|1||24||Alexei Morozov||RW||6'1"||178||Soviet Wings (Russia)
|3||76||Jean Sebastien Aubin||G||5'11"||179||Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
|4||102||Oleg Belov||C||6'1"||185||CSKA (Russia)
|5||128||Jan Hrdina||RW||5'11"||180||Seattle (WHL)
|6||154||Alexei Kolkunov||C||6'2"||190||Soviet Wings (Russia)
|7||180||Derrick Pyke||RW||6'1"||161||Halifax (QMJHL)
|8||206||Sergei Voronov||D||6'2"||200||Russian Dynamo
|9||232||Frank Ivankovic||G||6'4"||194||Oshawa (OHL)
A left-handed shooter who plays on the right side. Often referred to as a "sniper" It is expected that Morozov will need one more season in Russia to develop, but it is hoped that he will attend training camp this year. Scouts seem to have only one problem with him, inconsistency, but otherwise believe he has "the total package" NHL Central Scouting describes him as a "fast winger with great skills" and a "gifted scorer." Often compared to last year's late draft surprise, Jeff Friessen of Anaheim.
Highest Penguin goalie draft pick since Rick Tabaracci in 1987. Posted a 3.40 GAA in 27 games for Sherbrooke and a .886 save pct. (4th best in QMJHL) Had limited playing time due to teammate Jocelyn Thibeault being locked out. Viewed as the 2nd best goalie prospect in North America behind Martin Biron. Often criticized for being undersized, Aubin "likes to use the betterfly style" and "relies on his reflexes a lot."
Older than most other players drafted at 22 years of age. Of all the Penguins' draft picks, Belov is expected to be the first to play in the NHL due to his experience and the seasoning required of the other picks. Leading scorer for the Russian Penguins (CSKA) with 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points and 51 PlM in 45 games. In the previous season, he scored 14 goals and 8 assists for 22 points in 46 games. Played in North America when the Russian Penguins toured against the IHL teams. He is a left-handed shooter and can play physical.
Jan is a Czechoslovakian native (no relation to Jiri), but played his first season in North America last year. Scored 41 goals and 59 assists for 100 points and 79 PlM in 69 games. Led the WHL in rookie scoring and was second in goals. Played for the Czechs at the World Junior Tourney and Division I in Czech Republic in 1993-94. Scouts describe him as a "good skater" and " a finesse player who lacks consistency"
Spent most of his season with the Soviet Junior Wings, but played seven games for the Senior team (with Morozov) going scoreless. He had a goal in four playoff games, however. Played on the same line with Morozov on the Russian under-18 team at the European Championships at Left Wing.
Scored 20 goals and 42 points in 71 games as a first-year player with Halifax. Most scouts believe needs to add weight and strength, but he is a "solid positional player" and a "tenacious forechecker"
Only defenseman drafted by the Penguins this year. Collected 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points and 80 PlM in 44 games. Added 4 goals and 1 assist for 5 points and 26 PlM in 12 playoff games.
Appeared in 19 games for the the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. Went 10-3 with a 4.47 GAA and 2-0 with a 2.48 GAA in 3 playoff games.