The Pittsburgh Penguins have concluded a relatively minor piece of business on Friday.
According to a report from National Hockey League insider Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed 23 year old center Theodor Blueger to a new contract extension. Lavoie is reporting that the new extension is a one year deal that will pay Blueger the NHL's league minimum of $650 000 at the NHL level, but this is however a two way deal. Lavoie has not disclosed the financial terms of this contract at the American Hockey League level and given that this will not be a highly publicized signing it seems unlikely that information will be made public any time soon.
Blueger is a former Pittsburgh Penguins second round draft selection, he was selected 52nd overall at the 2012 National Hockey League entry Draft, but despite his draft pedigree he has never earned so much as a sniff at playing at the National Hockey League level. Blueger initially began his time as a Penguins prospect playing for the University of Minnesota for four full seasons and after his run in college hockey was over he made the jump to the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.
Since making the move to the American Hockey League Blueger has participated in parts of three seasons with the AHL Penguins and his biggest contribution came during the 2017 - 2018 AHL season. Blueger appeared in a total of 70 games for the team and had an impressive showing, recording 21 goals and 24 assists for a total of 45 points over the course of that season. On top of that he boasted a very healthy plus minus rating of +16 and all of these factors likely contributed to him getting a new two way deal.
It seems fair to say that given the fact that Blueger is 23 years old and already has several years of development behind him that he will primarily play in the AHL next season as well. The Penguins also have a lot of centers under contract already so it seems even less likely that Blueger has a legitimate shot of cracking the Penguins roster come next season.