The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Keven Veilleux to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced Saturday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Veilleux was selected by the Penguins in the second round (51st overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft in June. He split this season between Rimouski and Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scoring 64 points (17 goals, 47 assists) in 61 games. Veilleux has played three seasons in QMJHL recording 134 points (39 goals, 95 assists) in 164 total games. He also scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in nine playoff games for Rimouski this season and has tallied 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 20 career playoff games.
Veilleux, 6-5, 200 lbs., joined Wilkes-Barre/Scraton (AHL) in April following his junior season. He has twice been selected (2006, 2007) to play for the QMJHL team at the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, an exhibition tournament featuring a team of Russian junior players vs. all-star teams representing Canadian junior leagues. Veilleux was also one of 44 players selected to play in the 2007 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and scored a goal in the contest.