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Penguins re-sign Drew O’Connor to 1-year extension

NHL: JAN 15 Penguins at Sharks Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Drew O’Connor will be back in the black and gold for another year.

The Penguins announced over the weekend that that 23-year-old forward has been re-signed to a one-way, 1-year extension with a cap hit of $750,000.

The Dartmouth graduate initially signed with the Pens as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

So far this year, he has spent his time split between the NHL club and the WBS affiliate in the American Hockey League — with 3 goals and 2 assists in 22 games at the NHL level.

While playing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he leads the team with 1.08 points per game, scoring 14 points in 13 games.

O’Connor was sidelined this season for approximately five weeks after suffering what was reported to be a collapsed lung during a game in January against the San Jose Sharks.

He has yet to return to the starting lineup for the Penguins since suffering that injury.