Dec 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson (55) takes the ice for his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Samuelsson Re-Signs With The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly re-signed prospect defenseman Philip Samuelsson to a one-year, two-way deal, according to the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Samuelsson’s contract is worth $550,000 at the NHL level – per the Pens’ website. He was a restricted free agent.

Samuelsson, 22, was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and made his debut for the team this past season.

Suiting up for five regular-season games, Samuelsson failed to record a point. However, beyond the inability to collect a point, Samuelsson displayed a vastly mature game for his age, and is expected to compete for a starting spot on the roster this September.

In 64 regular-season contests for the Pens’ minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Samuelsson registered 22 points (3G, 19A), which was a career-high for him, and skated to an outstanding plus-17 rating (second-best on the team).

Samuelsson has a promising outlook, and his chances of making the roster this season are relatively high, considering Olli Maatta‘s timetable for recovery from his offseason shoulder surgery (4-6 months).

Sameulsson’s expected to go toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh’s other defensive prospects Simon Despres and Brian Dumoulin for that spot.

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