March 22, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson (29) shoots during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pens Sign Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson


The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Ray Shero have reportedly come to terms with defenseman Brendan Mikkelson on a one-year deal worth $550,000 in the NHL – according to the team’s website.

Drafted in the second-round (31st overall) by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005, Mikkelson has been back-and-forth between the AHL and NHL throughout his entire career.

The stocky 6-foot-3, 210-pounder spent time playing for the Vasteras IK (Allsvenskan League), the Tampa Bay Lightning and their affiliate the Syracuse Crunch last season.

In 34 regular-season contests with all three teams, Mikkelson was able to compile 10 points (3G, 7A) and he skated to an overall plus-2 rating.

While playing for the Crunch, Mikkelson played in 13 of their postseason games and recorded two goals.

In 131 career NHL contests, he’s recorded 10 points (1G, 9A).

With Pittsburgh already being stocked up on defenseman, he will likely see most of his playing time with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens.

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