Breaking: Penguins sign NCAA star to entry-level contract

The Hollisdayburg, PA native looks ready to make an instant impact.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they’ve signed 2014 NHL Entry Draft fourth round pick (113th overall) Sam Lafferty to a three year, entry level contract.

The 23 year old Hollisburgh, PA native (just south of Altoona) will report to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins later this week on a professional tryout (PTO) contract and his new deal with the Penguins will take effect next season. 

Lafferty recently completed his senior year at Brown University earlier this week, leading the team in assist and points. In 31 games in the NCAA’s tight ECAC division, Lafferty had a stellar 8 goals and 22 points. The 6 foot, 1 inch, 185 pound right winger is set to make an immediate impact with a strong WBS Penguins team that has struggled to maintain consistency as of late.

Just last week Lafferty was named Second Team All Ivy for the second consecutive season and finished his NCAA career with an outstanding 79 points in 124 career games. 

Welcome to the big leagues, kid!

For the full press release from the Penguins, read below:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Sam Lafferty to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. 
Lafferty's deal will begin with the 2018-19 campaign. He will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this week on an amateur tryout contract. 
Lafferty, 23, wrapped up a four-year college career at Brown University this week. The senior was Brown's team leader this year in assists (14) and points (22), and his eight goals were second on the club.
A native of Hollidaysburg, Pa, which is located near Altoona, Lafferty ended his season on a roll offensively. He had three assists in his final two collegiate appearances, and in his final 11 college games, he produced 13 points (4G-9A). Lafferty was the ECAC Player of the Week two weeks ago after notching a hat trick in a win against Harvard.
Late last week, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Lafferty was named Second-Team All-Ivy for the second-consecutive season. An alternate captain as a junior and senior, Lafferty had 79 points (29G-50A) in 124 career college games.
The Penguins originally chose Lafferty in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.