The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Paul Thompson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Thompson’s contract is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Thompson, 24, completed his second full season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13, tallying 29 points on 20 goals and nine assists in 58 regular-season games. His 20 goals were good enough for fifth-most on the team, and third-most among players who spent the entire season with WBS. Thompson added six points on three goals and three assists in 15 playoff games.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward has played two-plus seasons with WBS since being signed as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2011. Thompson broke into the professional ranks with WBS near the end of the ’10-11 campaign, collecting three points (1G-2A) in six regular-season games and one helper in four postseason contests.
A Methuen, New Hampshire native, Thompson has tallied 57 points (31G-26A) in 131 AHL regular-season games, while adding 10 points (5G-5A) in 31 career postseason games.
Thompson played four years of collegiate hockey at New Hampshire from 2007-2011. The forward led Hockey East in points (58) during his senior season, and he finished second in the league with 28 goals. Thompson totaled 112 points on 57 goals and 55 assists in 140 career games with New Hampshire.
Thompson was named Hockey East Player of the Year while being named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East All-Star Team during his senior season.