Having regularly traded away draft picks in pursuit of Stanley Cup championships, it’s important for the Pittsburgh Penguins to replenish their prospect pool with undrafted college free agents.
They took a step in that direction Monday, signing Michigan Tech winger Jake Lucchini to a one-year contract that kicks in next season. Lucchini, 23, will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a taste of pro hockey on an amateur tryout contract.
A productive, high-energy forward, the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Lucchini has led Michigan Tech in scoring each of the past two seasons. This year, he had 11 goals and 26 points in 38 games.
Lucchini attended development camp with the Penguins last June.