The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with 2009 4th round pick Nick Petersen, the team announced this afternoon.
The deal is a three year contract.
Petersen, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, completed his first season with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Petersen posted 39 goals, 40 assists, 79 points, 12 power-play goals and a plus-46 rating in 59 games with the Sea Dogs. His 79 points ranked third on the team, while his plus-46 rating paced the club.
The 6-foot-3, 188-pound winger added 28 points (7G-21A) in 21 postseason games.
Petersen, 20, played the previous two years with Shawinigan of the QMJHL, compiling 119 points (48G-71A). He finished sixth in the league in scoring in 2008-09 after posting 90 points on 37 goals and 53 assists in 68 contests. He also notched a plus-57 rating. The Wakefield, Quebec native followed that campaign with a strong showing in the playoffs after recording 22 points (10G-12A) in 21 games.
Link to interview I did with Saint John assistant coach Marc Hussey on May 7th. Hussey spoke very highly of Petersen as a player on the ice and a person off the ice.