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Penguins sign Reese

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

Reese’s contract is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

A native of Upper St. Clair, Pa., Reese joins his hometown team after spending the last three seasons in the New York Islanders organization. The 27-year-old Reese split last season between the Islanders and their top AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Reese established NHL career highs in 2011-12 for games played (28), assists (6) and points (7) with New York. Reese also appeared in 27 games with Bridgeport, notching two goals and 13 assists.

Reese, who was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, has played in 74 career NHL games with the Islanders, amassing three goals, 14 assists and 17 points.

He has played parts of six seasons in the AHL with Hartford, San Antonio, Syracuse and Bridgeport, accumulating 13 goals, 83 assists and 96 points in 260 games. He’s added six points (2G-4A) in 10 AHL playoff games.

Reese becomes the fourth player from the Pittsburgh youth hockey system to play for the Penguins organization since 2003, joining Ryan Malone (2003-08), Bill Thomas (2008-09) and Nate Guenin (2009-10).