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Condition revealed for draft pick involved in Penguins-Blue Jackets deal

Published February 23, 2024 at 6:50 PM

On Thursday night, a pair of Metropolitan Division teams came together to complete a trade involving a swap of forwards.

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Emil Bemstrom from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for former eighth-overall pick Alexander Nylander and a conditional 2026 sixth-round pick.

Shortly after the deal was announced, the condition on the draft pick was revealed and it could see the Blue Jackets receive a much higher draft pick.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, the conditional sixth-round pick in 2026 will become a third-round pick if Emil Bemstrom scores at least six goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the remainder of the 2023-24 season.

"Deleted earlier tweet about 2026 conditional pick. Now have details ...

If Emil Bemstrom scores six goals the rest of this season with Pittsburgh, the sixth-round pick in 2026 becomes a third-round pick.

#CBJ think Nylander can play. But the pick was a big part of this." Portzline said.

It will be interesting to see if Emil Bemstrom will be able to pick up his play for the remainder of the season with Pittsburgh and if he'll hit the six goals Columbus needs him to get to get a third-round pick in 2026.

So far this season, Bemstrom, 24, has put up 11 points (five goals, six assists), ten penalty minutes and is a minus-five in 32 games.

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Condition revealed for draft pick involved in Penguins-Blue Jackets deal

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