The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Nathan Legare to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
"Nathan has had a really strong training camp thus far," said Rutherford. "We've been impressed with his offensive instincts and his overall approach to the game. We're thrilled to get him signed."
The Penguins moved up in the 2019 NHL Draft to select Legare with the 74th-overall pick in the third round. The Penguins traded three picks (98th, 151st and 207th) to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for the earlier selection.
Legare, 18, has made an impact in his short time in a Penguins uniform. The forward recorded three points (2G-1A) in three games at the 2019 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo in early September. His success has continued into the preseason as he has registered a team-leading three points (2G-1A) in two exhibition games, including two goals in a 23-second span on September 19 against Columbus.
The 6-foot, 205-pound forward completed his second season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2018-19. An explosive season saw him finish second (tied) in goals (45) and eighth in points (87) among all QMJHL players. In 130 career games over two seasons with Baie-Comeau, the forward recorded 55 goals, 61 assists and 116 points with a career plus-33.
Internationally, the Montreal, Quebec native represented Canada, alongside Pens' 2019 first-round pick Sam Poulin, at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship. Legare finished third (tied) on the team with four goals in seven games.