Penguins bring aboard Potter

The Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have signed defenseman Corey Potter to a one-year, two-way contract.

Potter, 26, has played in eight career NHL games with the New York Rangers, recording two points (one goal, one assist).

Potter, who was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has played the majority of his career with New York’s top affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. He had four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 69 games with Hartford in 2009-10.

In 246 games with Hartford, Potter has posted 21 goals, 81 assists and 102 points. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound blueliner added 10 points (2g, 8a) in 18 postseason contests with the Wolf Pack.

The Lansing, Mich., native played four collegiate seasons at Michigan State University. In 150 career games, Potter recorded 44 points (8G-36A). As a senior, he set career highs across the board in games played (45), goals (t-4), assists (18) and points (22).

Potter played two years for the United States National Development Team from 2000-02. He was a member of Team U.S.A.’s first-ever World Under-18 Championship gold-medal winning team in 2002, and also won a gold medal in the 2004 World Junior Championships with Team U.S.A