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Penguins sign second-round draft pick Scott Harrington

Eighteen-year-old defenseman agrees to three-year entry-level deal

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their 2011 second-round draft pick, defenseman Scott Harrington, to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Harrington, 18, was chosen by the Penguins with the 54th overall selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June. Earlier this month, Harrington attended the Penguins’ annual prospect development camp at CONSOL Energy Center.

“Scott will continue his development in junior hockey this season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, and we look forward to watching his progress,” said Tom Fitzgerald, Penguins assistant to the general manager. “The three-year term will begin when he makes the transition to pro hockey, but we are pleased to get him signed at this point and have him as a part of the Penguins organization, and part of our future.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound Harrington appeared in 67 games this season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), collecting six goals, 16 assists and 22 points. Harrington notched one assist in six postseason contests.

Harrington, a native of Kingston, ON, has played two seasons with London, totaling 36 points (7G-29A) and a plus-11 rating in 122 regular-season games. The lefthanded-shooting blueliner has added three assists in 18 postseason games.

Harrington, along with defenseman Joe Morrow, the Penguins’ 2011 first-round draft pick, will be one of 46 players who will be attending Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp August 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta as a candidate for Canada’s entry in the 2012 World Junior Championships to be held Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, AB.

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