The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jan Drozg to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The contract will begin when Drozg turns pro next season in 2019-20.
Drozg, 19, has played the past two seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. This year, the forward leads his team in scoring 53 points (19G-34A) in 54 games. He has established career highs in all three categories. In his two seasons with Shawinigan, Drozg has totaled 35 goals, 68 assists and 103 points in 115 games.
The 6-foot-2, 174-pound, righthanded-shooting Drozg played one game for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season, recording an assist on Jarrett Burton's goal during a 3-2 win at Hersey on April 15, 2018.
Earlier this season, the Maribor, Slovenia native starred for Slovenia at the 2019 Division 1-B World Junior Championship. Not only did he lead his country to a gold medal, but he was named the tournament's Best Forward after leading all skaters in both assists (8) and points (12) in five games. Drozg was also named one of Slovenia's Top Three Players.
Last year, Drozg represented Slovenia at both the 2018 Division 1-B World Junior Championship and the D-1A World Championship. In the junior event, Drozg tallied five goals and nine points in five games, helping Slovenia to a bronze medal while also being named one of the club's Top Three Players.
Going back further, in 2016 and '17, Drozg competed for Slovenia in the Under-18 D-1B World Junior Championship. Both years he was named the tournament's Best Forward. He led the tournament in both assists (8) and points (13) in '17.
Drozg was selected by the Penguins in the fifth round (152 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.