The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tom Kuhnhackl to a one-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.
Kuhnhackl, 23, is coming off the best regular season of his three-year professional career, tallying 30 points (12G-18A) with a plus-10 in 72 contests with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Not only were the 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward’s offensive numbers career highs across the board, but his 30 points were more than double his total from his first two years when he dealt with several injuries. Kuhnhackl finished the regular season strong, notching five goals, six assists and 11 points in nine April games.
Kuhnhackl, a native of Landshut, Germany, has 44 points (22G-22A) in 131 career AHL regular-season games with WBS, plus two assists in 10 playoff contests. He’s also seen action with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, where he has totaled 15 points (8G-7A) in 18 regular-season games and six goals in 10 playoff games.
The Penguins chose Kuhnhackl in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He is the son of Erich Kuhnhackl, who is a member of the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall of Fame and was named the German hockey player of the century in 2000.