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Penguins Sign Second Round Pick to Entry-Level Contract

Kyle Dubas continues to rebuild The Pittsburgh Penguins’ prospect cupboard by signing one of their second-round picks this season, Tanner Howe, to an entry-level contract. The Penguins sign second-round pick Howe, reinforcing their commitment to youth development. This signing comes amid a series of moves by the Penguins, including acquiring Kevin Hayes and drafting multiple prospects over the past few weeks.


Penguins Sign Tanner Howe

Tanner Howe, selected 46th overall by the Penguins in the 2024 NHL Draft, has shown scoring talent during his time in the WHL with the Regina Pats. Known for his competitive nature and versatility, Howe has been a point-per-game player over the last three seasons. Howe scored an impressive 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points in 68 games last season. Howe is listed as a power forward that is unlikely a couple of years away from playing in the NHL. However, signing him to a contract shows his and the teams mutual commitment to developing him into a quality player for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh’s Youth Movement

With Howe now signed, the Penguins’ prospect pool looks increasingly promising. He joins a group of young talents including Brayden Yager, Harrison Brunicke, and Ville Koivunen at forward. General Manager Kyle Dubas has emphasized the importance of drafting and developing young players to ensure the team’s long-term success post Sidney Crosby.

Pittsburgh’s commitment to building a strong foundation through the draft and player development signals a bright future for the team. Kyle Dubas aims to ensure the Penguins remain competitive after the teams current aging core led by captain Sidney Crosby retire. Players like Owen Pickering on defense and Joel Blomqvist in net round out a prospect group Howe is an important part of. With Tanner Howe’s signing, the Penguins take another step towards achieving their goal of sustained competitiveness in the NHL.

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