Chase Yoder #53 of the U.S. Nationals skates up ice against the Switzerland Nationals during day-2 of game two of the 2018 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament at USA Hockey Arena on December 12, 2018 in Plymouth, Michigan. | Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images
The Penguins add another forward to their prospect pool.
The Penguins select American forward Chase Yoder with their sixth-round pick (170th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 7, 2020
Pens at 170 take Chase Yoder. Very good shutdown center and tough. Texas kid. Played key role on NTDP pic.twitter.com/xqwZSsGTez
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) October 7, 2020
Yoder comes to the Penguins organization from Fairview, Texas. The 18-year-old has been playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program and has committed to Providence College for 2020-21.
Current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s ice hockey team and former Penguins assistant coach, Tony Granato, actually compares Yoder’s game to current Penguins player Brandon Tanev. Granato notes that Yoder plays a 200-foot game, he won’t put up huge offensive numbers, but may be able to provide solid depth on the third or fourth line.
: Chase Yoder (@chaseyoder8)!
— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) May 8, 2020
We’ll see if Yoder can harness his tools, but having players turn into solid depth contributors also helps build championship squads.
Here is a breakdown of where and who the Penguins have drafted so far.
Round 6 Pick #170 — C, Chase Yoder
After making a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, giving away pick #139 for #149 and #211, barring anymore trade activity, the Penguins have one more pick to make today before they put a bow on the 2020 NHL Draft.