Penguins pick up defense prospect John Marino in trade with Edmonton |

Penguins pick up defense prospect John Marino in trade with Edmonton

Jonathan Bombulie
Harvard University defenseman John Marino (12) carries the puck in traffic during an NCAA hockey game against Union College on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Boston (AP Photo/ Damian Strohmeyer )

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a stab at acquiring a prospect on defense Friday, trading a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft to the Edmonton Oilers for John Marino.

The Oilers will acquire the pick if Marino, a rising senior at Harvard, signs with the Penguins before the 2021 draft. Marino, Edmonton’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft, could play out his senior season without signing a contract and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, 2020. If he does that, the Penguins will owe Edmonton nothing.

“John is a mobile defenseman who excels at moving the puck while also playing with an edge to his game,” general manager Jim Rutherford said in a release. “We are excited to acquire him as we continue to add defensive depth to the organization. The next step is to work on getting a contract done with him.”

Marino, 22, is a 6-foot-2, two-way right-handed defenseman who skates well. In his freshman and sophomore seasons at Harvard, he totaled 31 points and a plus-41 rating. As a junior, he had three goals, 11 points and a minus-3 rating.

Marino is the second defensive prospect the Penguins have traded for this summer. They acquired 20-year-old Pierre-Olivier Joseph in the Phil Kessel deal last month. Defense has been a shallow part of the team’s prospect pool for a few years.

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review assistant sports editor. You can contact Jonathan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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