24-Year-Old Defenseman – Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Harrington Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets in March of 2017.
Harrington scored his first goal of the season during Friday's 5-3 win over New Jersey.
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Though he lacks the offensive upside of fellow Penguins defense prospect Derrick Pouliot, Harrington could be the first of the duo to arrive in the NHL, thanks to hockey smarts that are beyond his 21 years. As an effective puck-mover and a defensively-responsible blueliner, Harrington and his solid all-around game could make an appearance with the Penguins at some point in 2014-15, though likely not immediately out of training camp. Once he reaches the NHL, don't expect him to ascend to fantasy relevance right away, but he could develop into a consistent 25- or 30-point scorer over time.
Harrington is one of Pittsburgh's top prospects. The London Knights' defender will spend his first professional season with Wilkes-Barre in 2013-14. Harrington has netted only three goals in each of his last two seasons in the OHL, but collected 26 points in 44 games in 2011-12 and 19 points in 50 contests last year. He doesn't have the offensive upside of fellow defensive prospect, Derrick Pouliot, but has gained a reputation for his leadership skills. Harrington did score a goal in two playoff contests with the Baby Penguins. He's worthy of a flier in keeper fantasy leagues, but his value might be greater to his actual team than to fantasy poolies.
The Pens' second-round draft pick in 2011, Harrington is one of the organization's strongest two-way defenseman in the system. The London Knights' product scored three goals and 26 points in 44 OHL games. He also has experience playing for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, where he excelled until the Gold medal game. Throw in his Memorial Cup background and Harrington has the pedigree any aspiring NHLer might want. He'll begin his professional career with the Wilkes-Barre Baby Pens in the fall in the AHL.
Harrington will learn his trade in the OHL for the London Knights again in 2011-12. He wowed onlookers during the Pens' prospect camp in July with his offensive awareness. Harrington, who is just 18 years of age, skates well and can lead rushes up ice. He needs work in his own end, however, but has plenty of time to improve his game. Pittsburgh's 2011 second-round pick signed a three-year entry level contract and has a chance to see time with the Penguins several years down the line.