The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Justin Almeida to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The contract will begin when Almeida turns pro next season in 2019-20. Pittsburgh selected Almeida in the fifth round (129th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Almeida, 20, has been one of top offensive performers in the Western Hockey League this season with the Moose Jaw Warriors. A multiple-time WHL Player of the Week winner this year, Almeida currently leads the league in assists with 68 and places fourth in points with 95. He needs just four points to top his total from last season.
A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Almeida enjoyed a breakout performance for Moose Jaw in 2017-18. In 72 games played last year, he produced 43 goals, 55 assists and 98 points.