The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Tom Sestito to a professional tryout contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Sestito, 27, has played parts of seven NHL seasons with Columbus, Philadelphia and Vancouver, producing 18 points (10G-8A) and 432 penalty minutes in 137 career regular-season games.
At 6-foot-5, 228 pounds, Sestito will be the largest player attending Pittsburgh’s training camp. His best NHL season came with Vancouver in 2013-14 when he posted career highs in games (77), goals (5), assists (4), points (9) and penalty minutes (213). His 213 penalty minutes led the NHL and his 121 hits ranked third on the Canucks.
A native of Rome, New York, Sestito has 256 career AHL regular-season contests on his resume during stints with Syracuse, Springfield, Adirondack and Utica. Sestito has compiled 113 points (48G-65A) and 887 penalty minutes in AHL action.
The lefthanded-shooting Sestito broke into the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 after being selected by the team in the third round (85th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.
Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Sestito skated for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2004-07. He helped the club capture the ‘07 OHL playoff title and a berth in the Memorial Cup.
Sestito’s older brother, Tim, has logged NHL action in parts of seven seasons with Edmonton and New Jersey, and will spend this year with Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).