The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed college free agent defenseman Ethan Prow to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The contract will begin with the 2016-17 season and run through the 2017-18 campaign, and it's a two-way deal.
Prow will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout contract this year.
Prow, 23, is a finalist for the 2015-16 Hobey Baker Award as the top college hockey player after helping St. Cloud State win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference crown in his senior season, a year which saw him lead all NCAA blueliners in points and assists.
The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman established career highs in goals (8), assists (30), points (38) and plus-minus (+29) in 37 games. Prow was the Huskies' team captain.
A native of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Prow was the NCHC Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year, in addition to earning a berth on the All-NCHC First-Team All-Star squad.
Prow played in 149 career games for St. Cloud State, registering 99 points (19G-80A), a plus-51 and 24 penalty minutes.
Prow was named to the All-NCHC Academic Team as both a sophomore and junior. He was also chosen to the 2015 NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team.
Before joining St. Cloud State, Prow played two years for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League (USHL).