After forcing his way onto the Pittsburgh Penguins roster with a good preseason showing, forward Daniel Sprong added another feather to his cap by scoring his first NHL goal in a 2-0 Penguins win – their first of the 2015-16 season – over the visiting Ottawa Senators.
A little over two minutes after Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins first goal, Pittsburgh forward Kevin Porter moved the puck up ice along the left boards and dished to linemate Matt Cullen at the Senators’ blueline. Cullen moved the puck along left boards before spotting Sprong heading up the slot towards the Ottawa goal.
Sprong was a second round pick for the Penguins at the 2015 NHL Draft. While the expectation was that the Amsterdam, Netherlands native would return to the QMJHL to play for the Charlottetown Islanders, Sprong has at least earned a 9-game look before a decision is made on where he will finish the 2015-16 season.
There is no way Daniel Sprong should go back to junior hockey. Not even a debate. He’s the real deal. Will only get better with time.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) October 16, 2015
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