The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed prospect Joe Vitale to a one year entry level contract. Vitale will report to Wilkes Barre.
Vitale, was the Penguins 7th round draft choice in the 2005 draft.
In 40 games this season with Northeastern University, Vitale had 7 goals – 20 assists – 27 points. Vitale finished his four years at Northeastern University with 34 goals and 60 assists for 94 points, which ranks 48th in Huskies history
Vitale is regarded as a
two way centerman who doesn’t project to be anything more than a 4th line role player if he ever makes the jump to the NHL but he will be a nice asset for Wilkes Barre. Vitale was an energy player in college with strong leadership skills and showed some scoring ability at times.
Awards Vitale won at Northeastern University
Vitale was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward. Last year, he was named New England’s Most Improved Player, a New England All-Star, second-team Hockey East All-Star and Northeastern team MVP.