Hurricanes’ Addison inks three-year, entry-level deal with Pittsburgh Penguins


Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison is officially the newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Brandon, Man. product put pen to paper on a three-year, entry-level contract Saturday while on an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate.

Pittsburgh selected Addison in the second round, 53rd overall, of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, using their top selection on the 5-foot-10, 180-pound rear guard. Addison is the ninth Western Hockey League player from the 2018 NHL Draft to sign an entry-level contract, including now seven of the nine top selections.

The Hurricanes originally selected Addison second overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Recently wrapping up his third full season in the WHL, Addison matched his career-high totals from the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season in one fewer game with 65 points (11G-54A) in 67 games. Addison also had a pair of power-play goals. Overall, he ranked sixth in scoring among WHL defencemen during the regular season.

During the season, Addison was especially impressive from late October through to mid-November as he recorded points in seven consecutive games with nine points (3G-6A) in that span. Addison also matched a career-high total when he recorded five assists on November 23, 2018 against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

For his 202-game WHL regular season career, Addison has 163 points (31G-132A), including six power-play goals. In 39 WHL Playoff games, Addison has recorded 30 points (9G-21A), including four power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

Addison also has 44 multi-point games to his credit during the regular season portion of his WHL career. He has two five-point games, eight three-point games, and 34 two-point games. He has one multi-goal game during his WHL career as well.

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