Penguins Re-Sign Defenseman Philip Samuelsson to a One-Year Contract
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Philip Samuelsson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal is a two-way contract and has an average annual value of $550,000 at the NHL level.
Samuelsson, 22, made his NHL debut with the Penguins this past season, appearing in five games, including his NHL debut December 16 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Samuelsson and his father, former two-time Stanley Cup champion Ulf Samuelsson, became the fifth father-son duo to suit up for the Penguins, joining Wayne Hicks (1967-68) and Alex Hicks (1996-98); Gilles Meloche (1985-88) and Eric Meloche (2001-04); Greg Malone (1976-83) and Ryan Malone (2003-08); and Bob Johnson (1974-75) and Brent Johnson (2009-12).
Philip Samuelsson, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound blueliner, played a majority of the 2013-14 campaign with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). During the regular season he notched 22 points (3G-19A) and was a career-high plus-17 in 64 games. He added one assist in eight postseason contests.
A native of Leksand, Sweden, Samuelsson has played three AHL seasons with WBS, registering six goals, 35 assists, 41 points and a plus-31 in 175 games and four assists in 33 AHL playoff contests.
Originally drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Samuelsson played two seasons of college hockey at Boston College, helping the Eagles win a NCAA national championship as a freshman in 2010.