Penguins Sign Young Defenseman to Multi-Year Extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins are keeping one of their younger defensemen around, as they have signed Jack St. Ivany to a three-year contract extension. At the NHL level, he will carry a $775,000 cap hit. 

St. Ivany, 24, appeared in his first 14 career NHL games this season with the Penguins, where he had an assist, 30 hits, and an even plus/minus rating. Overall, the California native showed the Penguins this season that he can be a solid depth defenseman for them to have around. This is especially so when it comes to his immensely physical style of play. 

St. Ivany was initially drafted by the Penguins' biggest rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, with the 112th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. However, instead of signing with the club, he elected to continue his college career. In 115 games split between Yale University and Boston College, he had 12 goals and 60 points.

With St. Ivany landing this three-year contract, it is clear that the Penguins view him as a potential long-term part of their group. He should continue to receive more chances with the NHL squad moving forward and could even compete for a spot on their bottom pairing for the 2024-25 season. 

It will now be interesting to see how much of an impact he can make for the Pens from here. 

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