The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Joe Vitale to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Vitale, originally selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, is in the midst of his first full year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 41 games this season for WBS, Vitale has four goals and 19 points. His 19 points lead all WBS rookies.
Vitale, 24, joined WBS at the tail end of last season. He posted four points (2G-2A) in the team’s final five regular-season games, and saw action in all 12 postseason games.
Vitale (5-11, 205 pounds) played four collegiate seasons at Northeastern University of Hockey East. In 143 career games, Vitale totaled 34 goals, 60 assists and 94 points. The St. Louis, Missouri native set career highs in goals (12), assists (23) and points (35) during his junior season in 2007-08. Vitale was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward following his senior campaign.