The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Reid McNeill to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal is a two-way deal that carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
McNeill, 23, helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins allow the fewest goals in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the fourth time in the last five years in 2014-15. He played in 54 regular-season contests, compiling seven points (2G-5A), a plus-6 and 121 penalty minutes.
In two-plus years with WBS, McNeill has 12 points (3G-9A) and a plus-17 in 112 regular-season contests and five points (1G-4A) in 30 playoff games. McNeill has also played 44 ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound McNeill played three years in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with his hometown London Knights, and later the Barrie Colts. During his lone season with Barrie in ’11-12, McNeill mentored the reigning NHL Calder Trophy winner, Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.
McNeill was originally drafted by the Penguins in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.