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Pittsburgh re-signs Dea for 2017-18

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year, two-way contract.

Dea, 23, notched 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points in 73 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, his third pro campaign. He also tied a career high with a plus-13 rating.

Dea made his NHL debut for Pittsburgh in last year’s regular-season finale against the New York Rangers, and served on the Penguins’ taxi squad during their run to the Stanley Cup championship.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Laval, Quebec, Dea has skated in 192 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, totaling 48 goals and 43 assists for 91 points along with a plus-27 rating. He has added two goals and one assist in 19 postseason games.

Dea was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Penguins on Sept. 17, 2013.