Penguins: Alex Galchenyuk Is Out, Jason Zucker Is In

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a trade today with the Minnesota Wild that sees Alex Galchenyuk, defenseman Calen Addison and a conditional first round draft pick go to Minnesota and Pittsburgh Penguins get left wing Jason Zucker in return.

Galchenyuk, 25, has tallied 17 points (5-12=17) in 45 games with the Penguins this season including six power-play points (2-4=6). The 6-foot-1, 207-pound native of Milwaukee, Wis., recorded 41 points (19-22=41) in 72 contests with Arizona last season. He led the Coyotes in goals, power-play goals (9) and power-play points (21). He owns 313 points (132-181=313) in 535 career NHL games during eight seasons with Montreal (2012-18), Arizona (2018-19) and Pittsburgh (2019-20). Galchenyuk helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship tallying eight points (2-6=8) in seven games. He also recorded two goals in four games at the 2013 World Championship helping the United States win the bronze medal. Galchenyuk tallied 144 points (58-86=144) in 103 games during parts of three seasons with the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League (2010-13). Galchenyuk was selected by the Canadiens with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on Jan. 19, 2013 vs. Toronto.

Addison, 19, has recorded 43 points (10-33=43) in 39 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Brandon, Man., ranks T-6th in scoring and assists and T-10th in goals amongs WHL defensemen. He recorded nine points (1-8=9) in seven games to help Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championship. Addison ranked second among defensemen and T-6th overall in tournament scoring. He was selected by the Penguins in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

If Pittsburgh does not qualify for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they have the option to move the first round selection to Minnesota from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Zucker, 28, was selected by Minnesota in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and recorded 243 points (132-111=243) in 456 games with the Wild.

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