View Full Version : Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Forward Janne Pesonen

07-07-2008, 10:56 PM
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Janne Pesonen to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Pesonen led the Finnish Elite League last season, recording 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with the Oulu Karpat. He contributed 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) during the post-season, helping lead Karpat to its fifth league championship.

“Pesonen is a quick, skilled player that has had much success in the Finnish Elite League,” said Shero. “We look forward to watching him perform at his first NHL training camp.”

Pesonen, 26, played six games for the Finnish National Team during the 2007-08 campaign. He appeared in three games at the 2007 Karjala Cup, scoring one goal and also played in three games during the Sweden Hockey Games, posting three points (one goal, two assists) and six penalty minutes.

Pesonen has won four league championships with Karpat and was the playoff MVP in 2007, recording seven points (four goals, three assists) in nine games. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2003-04, notching 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in 56 contests. Pesonen has played in 285 career games all in the Finnish Elite League, collecting 216 points (94 goals, 122 assists), along with 200 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 62 playoff games, registering 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) and 32 penalty minutes.

The 5-11, 180-pound native of Suomussalmi, Finland was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round, 269th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Penguins.com (http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=367924&page=NewsPage&service=page)
Good pick up and add depth to our team.

07-07-2008, 11:22 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

This signing could be HUGH for us. Can't wait to see him play with Sid!
Anyone know of a video link where we can see some highlights.

07-08-2008, 09:49 AM
i dont know of the link just got on youtube i think there is some stuff on there

07-08-2008, 12:00 PM
who the hell is this guy haha.

07-09-2008, 10:59 AM
sounds like a good player.

07-09-2008, 06:24 PM
^heres a vid. wtf is he so damn special that hes the only 1 on his team that gets 2 wear a gold helmet

07-21-2008, 08:35 PM
^^^Thx for link. Can't wait to see Pesonen play for Guins! Like the way Shero has moved quickly to add pieces after Hossa dissed us.

07-23-2008, 10:23 AM
I like this signing could turn out very well for us.

07-23-2008, 10:39 AM
Big upside... very little risk. Excellent signing.