Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson

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Forward Jayson Megna and Defenseman Philip Samuelsson made their NHL debuts with the Pittsburgh Penguins last¬†season and will look to take another step forward in their careers next season. Both have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to make the team’s opening game roster though, as illustrated by the fact that they have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.

Pittsburgh announced that Megna, 24, will come with an annual cap hit of $874,125 in 2014-15. He scored five goals and nine points in 36 games last season.

Samuelsson, 22, played in five games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14 and recorded 22 points in 64 AHL contests. His new contract will pay him the league minimum should he play at the NHL level.

Samuelsson was taken in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is the son of retired NHL blueliner Ulf Samuelsson. The elder Samuelsson won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Pittsburgh already has five defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include Olli Maatta, who is also expected to make the team.