The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed college free agent defenseman Cam Lee to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The contract will begin during the 2020-21 season and run through the 2021-22 campaign.
"Cam is a good-skating, offensive-minded defenseman that fits the current style of play in today's NHL," said Rutherford. "This signing adds more young depth at defense for us. We're excited to have Cam as a member of the Penguins organization."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Lee recently completed his senior season at Western Michigan University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) where he led all defensemen, and was tied for fifth on the team, with 21 points (3G-18A) in 26 games. In the final game of his collegiate career, Lee recorded a career-high five assists in an 8-4 win over the Miami University RedHawks on Western Michigan's senior night at home on March 7.
Lee, 23, has spent the past four seasons with Western Michigan, where he's suited up for 137 games, recording 18 goals, 67 assists, 85 points and a plus-11. He has ranked first among team defensemen in points in each of the last two seasons, and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times in four years.
The Ferguson's Cove, Novia Scotia native attended the Penguins' annual prospect development camp last summer. Prior to his time with Western Michigan, Lee played two seasons in the USHL from 2014-16 split between the Lincoln Stars and Green Bay Gamblers, where he picked up 54 points (12G-42A) in 113 games.
Lee's uncle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, appeared in 597 career NHL games in goal over 16 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.