Penguins Sign Forward Adam Payerl to a Three-Year Entry-Level Contract
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Adam Payerl to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal begins with the 2012-13 season and runs through the 2014-15 campaign.
Payerl, 20, is currently in his third season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 57 regular-season contests this year, Payerl has established career highs with 20 goals and 44 points – both of which rank third on the Bulls – and 102 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Payerl, who will turn 21 on Sunday, played some of his best hockey of the season in February, tallying seven goals, four assists and 11 points in 12 games, including a three-game point streak (2G-2A) to finish the month.
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Payerl has split his five OHL seasons between Belleville and the Barrie Colts. In 302 career regular-season contests, Payerl has notched 58 goals, 82 assists, 140 points and 299 penalty minutes. He’s added one assist in 10 career postseason contests. Prior to this season, Payerl’s best year came in 2009-10 with Belleville when he had 17 goals and 43 points in 67 games with the Bulls.