After adding several prospects to the mix via the draft this past weekend, the Penguins kept one of their own in the mix as well by locking Kasper Bjorkqvist up for one more year.
Bjorkqvist’s one year extension runs through the upcoming season with a cap hit of $750,000.
“Kasper is an honest, responsible two-way player who is very coachable and understands the game well,” said assistant general manager Patrik Allvin. “We felt that it was important for Kasper to play in Finland last year after his injuries, and he found a lot of success there, which was good for his development. He has all of the intangibles to develop into an NHL player.”
Bjorkqvist, now 24 years old, having been drafted by the Penguins in the 2nd round in 2016, made his professional hockey debut in the 2019-20 season, joining the team’s AHL affiliate at the end of last season as well for a handful of games.
Whether the team has any plans involving Bjorkqvist playing at the NHL level this year will likely be a bit clearer depending on what the team does in free agency coming up.