The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Connor James to a one-year entry-level contract, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
James, 26, played a total of 13 games in six recall stints to Pittsburgh during the 2007-08 season. He made his Penguins debut on December 15th vs. the New York Islanders during his first recall. He recorded his first NHL goal on February 26th vs. the New York Islanders after being recalled earlier that day.
James registered 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 64 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. His 28 assists tied for third on the club. James posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists), including two game-winning goals, in 23 playoff games as he helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton advance to the Calder Cup Finals.
James was originally signed by the Penguins as a free agent on August 9th, 2006. He scored 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 70 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2006-07 season. James made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season playing two games with the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to his professional career, he played three seasons at the University of Denver helping the team to the 2004 NCAA Championship.