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Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson

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The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Jayson Megna and defenseman Philip Samuelsson to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced Thursday.

Megna's deal has an average annual value of $874,125 at the NHL level. Samuelsson's deal has an average annual value of $550,000 at the NHL level.

Megna, 24, saw NHL action for the first time in 2013-14, tallying five goals, four assists and nine points in 36 regular-season contests. He also suited up for two playoff games.

A native of Plantation, Fla., Megna made his NHL debut on Oct. 25 against the New York Islanders and notched his first points with a goal and an assist on Oct. 28 at Carolina.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Megna played in 25 regular-season games with the Penguins' top minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Megna tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) for the AHL team.

Megna, who was originally signed by the Penguins as an undrafted free agent in August 2012, has played two seasons in the Pittsburgh organization, notching 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 81 regular-season games and eight points in 25 postseason contests.

Samuelsson, 22, made his NHL debut with the Penguins this past season, appearing in five games, including his debut Dec. 16 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Samuelsson and his father, former two-time Stanley Cup champion Ulf Samuelsson, became the fifth father-son duo to suit up for the Penguins, joining Wayne Hicks (1967-68) and Alex Hicks (1996-98); Gilles Meloche (1985-88) and Eric Meloche (2001-04); Greg Malone (1976-83) and Ryan Malone (2003-08); and Bob Johnson (1974-75) and Brent Johnson (2009-12).

Philip Samuelsson, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound blueliner, played a majority of the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. During the regular season he notched 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) and was a career-high plus-17 in 64 games.

A native of Leksand, Sweden, Samuelsson has played three AHL seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, registering six goals, 35 assists, 41 points and a plus-31 in 175 games and four assists in 33 AHL playoff contests.

Originally drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2009 draft, Samuelsson played two seasons of college hockey at Boston College, helping the Eagles win a NCAA national championship as a freshman in 2010.
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