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Penguins add depth on D

The Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have signed defensemen Stuart PercyDavid Warsofsky, Cameron Gaunce and Chad Ruhwedel to one-year, two-way contracts.

Percy, 23, is a former first-round (25th overall) draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011. He split this past year between the Maple Leafs and their top affiliate, the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, helping that club advance to the conference finals.

Percy tallied four goals and 20 assists for 24 points and had a plus-3 rating in 58 regular-season games with the Marlies in 2015-16, and added four assists in 14 Calder Cup Playoff contests. He made three appearances with the Maple Leafs during the regular season.

A native of Oakville, Ont., Percy has 10 goals and 54 assists for 64 points in 177 regular-season AHL games, along with eight assists in 35 postseason games. He has totaled three assists in 12 career NHL games with Toronto.

Warsofsky, 26, appeared in 17 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season before being claimed on waivers by New Jersey on Feb. 29. He tallied two goals and four assists with the AHL Penguins, and also picked up one goal and one assist in 22 NHL games between Pittsburgh and the Devils last season.

A native of Marshfield, Mass., Warsofsky represented the United States at the 2016 World Championships, tallying five points in 10 games.

Originally drafted by St. Louis in 2008, Warsofsky has played 32 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Boston, producing two goals and three assists. In 247 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence, he has registered 20 goals and 81 assists for 101 points.

Gaunce, 26, notched two goals and 35 assists for 37 points in 75 AHL games with Portland in 2015-16, tying for sixth among all AHL blueliners in assists. He also set career highs in assists and points, and represented the Pirates at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

The six-year pro from Markham, Ont., has totaled 19 goals and 115 assists for 134 points along with a plus-51 rating in 419 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Texas and Portland, and was a member of the Stars’ Calder Cup championship team in 2014.

Gaunce has played 20 career NHL games with Colorado and Dallas after being selected by the Avalanche in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Ruhwedel, 26, notched 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 59 games with Rochester last season, his third pro campaign. He also made one NHL appearance with Buffalo in 2015-16.

The native of San Diego, Calif., has totaled 24 goals and 66 assists for 90 points in 178 AHL games with the Americans, as well as two assists in 33 NHL contests with the Sabres, since turning pro following three seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.