Penguins sign free agent defenseman D'Aversa
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The Penguins today signed undrafted free agent defenseman Jonathan D'Aversa to a three-year NHL entry level contract.
Last season, his fourth with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League, D'Aversa, 21, had career highs in goals (13), assists (47) and points (60) and led his team with a plus-minus rating of plus-14. He was third in the OHL in scoring among defensemen.
In four seasons with the junior hockey Sudbury team, D'Aversa had 150 points in 259 games. He also has 31 points in 50 career playoff games. He has been selected for the OHL All-Star game the past two seasons.
D'Aversa, 6 feet 2, 200 pounds, last season was the defense partner of Marc Staal, older brother of Penguins forward Jordan Staal.
First Published May 25, 2007 11:09 am