The Penguins have selected center Rocco Grimaldi in SB Nation's NHL Mock Draft. This isn't the first time that a mock draft has connected Grimaldi to the Penguins. That doesn't mean that the Penguins actually want him, necessarily (we don't know who they want), just that writers think he's a good match for the Penguins' draft position in terms of talent.
Grimaldi is a very small player, at 5-foot-6, but he's hard-nosed and is extremely fast, with good stickhandling ability. When you're picking at No. 23, you can't get a perfect player, and Grimaldi's size won't necessarily prevent him from having a good NHL career.
In the NHL today, some of the best offensive players include Martin St. Louis, Brian Gionta, Daniel Briere and Tyler Ennis- all players who look like they couldn't get on roller-coasters compared to their contemporaries.
But all of those little players, to a degree, have an edge, are excellent skaters and think the game well, all combined with having great hands and skill. Grimaldi seems to have that pedigree.
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