The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Kevin Porter to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Porter, 29, has spent parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres, recording 55 points (29G-26A) in 206 games.
A 6-foot, 190-pound winger, Porter spent the entire 2014-15 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League), scoring 16 goals and adding 23 assists for 39 points. In 28 career AHL playoff games, Porter has posted one goal and ten assists.
A Northville, Michigan native, Porter was originally drafted in the fourth round (119th overall) by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2004 NHL Draft. Porter broke into the NHL in 2008-09 with Arizona. He had his best season statistically in 2010-11 with Colorado, posting 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points in 74 games.
Porter’s game blossomed in four years at the University of Michigan. Following his senior season in 2007-08, one in which he posted 63 points (33G-30A) in 43 games, Porter was honored with the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate hockey player. Porter began an active streak of eight-straight Americans to take home the award. In addition, Porter was named CCHA Player of the Year and a NCAA West First-Team All-American. Porter’s Michigan team won the CCHA title in 2004-05 and 2007-08. In his 162-game NCAA career, Porter finished with 85 goals and 98 assists for 183 points.
Porter’s junior career was also highlighted by a silver medal at the Under-18 World Juniors in 2004, where he tied for the tournament lead in assists (6). Porter played 76 games for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2002-04, netting 15 goals and 34 assists for 49 points.