The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal has an average annual value of $625,000.
Jeffrey, 25, appeared in 25 regular-season games for the Penguins in 2012-13, tallying three goals, three assists and six points. He also played in 20 games with Zagreb Medvescak of the Austrian League, where he registered 23 points (11G-12A).
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Jeffrey has played parts of the past five seasons with Pittsburgh, scoring 15 goals, 12 assists, 27 points and posting a plus-6 rating in 90 regular-season games. His best season came in 2010-11 when he established career highs across the board with seven goals, five assists and 12 points in 25 games.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Jeffrey skated for parts of five seasons with the Penguins’ top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), between 2008-11. During his time in WBS, Jeffrey helped lead the Penguins to the 2008 Calder Cup Final as a rookie and he made back-to-back AHL All-Star appearances in 2010 and ’11.
In his last full AHL season in ’09-10, Jeffrey had 71 points (24G-47A) and a plus-16 rating in 77 games. The following year he had 45 points (17G-28A) in 40 games before being called up to Pittsburgh full time at midseason.
Originally drafted by the Penguins in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Jeffrey split four seasons of junior hockey between the Mississauga IceDogs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2004-08. He posted back-to-back 90-point seasons in his final two years of junior with Sault Ste. Marie in ’06-07 and ’07-08.