Pens sign 2012 third-round pick Oskar Sundqvist


The Swedish bridge to the NHL apparently extends from Skelleftea.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve signed 2012 third-round pick¬†forward Oskar Sundqvist to his three-year entry-level contract. The Pens had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to sign Sundqvist or they would’ve relinquished his rights.

Sundqvist, 20, has played for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League the past two seasons. In 65 games over that time, he had seven goals and 10 assists. The Predators and Sharks have each signed players this week who were teammates with Sundqvist in Sweden.

At 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds he has NHL size, but how he adjusts to the smaller rink in North America and the style of game here will be his next challenges.