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Penguins Sign College Free Agent Lucchini to 1-Year Deal



Undrafted college free agent forward Jake Lucchini signed a one-year, entry-level deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization Monday. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced the deal which begins tomorrow.

Lucchini, 23, will report to the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and play the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract. The forward played four years at Michigan Tech and lead the team with 26 points (11g, 15a) in 38 games. Lucchini was the Michigan Tech captain this season.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound forward set career highs as a junior when he posted 39 points (16g, 23a) in 44 games. Overall, he played in 164 games over four seasons and notched 104 points (45g, 59a).

Lucchini attended the Penguins development camp last June, after attending the Edmonton Oilers prospect camps in the previous two summers.

Prior to Michigan Tech, Lucchini played three seasons in the BCHL (Junior A) for his hometown Smoke Eaters. In his final juniors season, he scored 83 points (35g, 48a) which ranked fourth in the league and earned him second-team All-Star honors.