Sprong gets vote of confidence from Rutherford, likely to stick with Pens

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It sounds like the youngest player in the NHL will remain in the NHL past his nine-game audition.

“If you’re asking me today, it looks that way,” Penguins GM Rutherford told the Tribune-Review when asked if Daniel Sprong had done enough to stick with the team.

The alternative is to send the 18-year-old back to junior, which would delay the start of his entry-level contract.

Sprong has one goal in six games. He’s averaged 10:13 in ice time and has 11 shots.

“We’re just looking at what’s best for the team and what’s best for him,” Rutherford said. “I believe he can help our team.”

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