The Pipeline Show has learned that the Pittsburgh Penguins have wasted no time inking their most recent first found pick to a contract. Sources tell TPS that the club will announce Wednesday that they have signed defenceman Joe Morrow to a 3-year, entry level contract.
The Penguins selected the Sherwood Park, Alberta native with the 23rd overall pick in this past June's 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Morrow had a strong campaign with the Portland Winterhawks picking up 9 goals and 49 points in 60 regular season games. He contributed 20 points in 21 playoff appearances as the Winterhawks went the distance, losing in the WHL's Championship series to Kootenay.
Morrow is a 6'1, 200 lbs blueliner currently taking part in Hockey Canada's U20 summer camp as he hopes to represent his country at the 2012 World Junior Championship. The event will be held in two Alberta cities; Calgary and in Morrow's own back yard, Edmonton.
(Photo: Bryan Heim / WHL.ca)