Pens extend Joe Vitale for 2 years
Andy Strickland has reported from his official Twitter page, that the Pittsburgh Penguins have extended center Joe Vitale for two more years.
His Faceoff-Factor profile can be found here
The contract will be a two-way deal, allowing him to be summoned from Wilkes-Barre and even battle possibly for a fourth line spot within two years.
Vitale, who the Pens drafted in 2005 (7th round) has played most of the year on the Baby Pens’ third line and penalty kill unit. He is known for his faceoff ability, blazing speed and blue collar style of play.
After three years at Northeastern University (NCAA), Vitale joined the farm team in Wilkes-Barre last season for the AHL Playoffs. He didn’t post any points in the post season, but in the five regular season games he played in he put up 4 points (2+2).
This season he has really impressed, and as a result was extended by general manager Ray Shero. This season, he has 19 points (4+15) and 40 PIM in 41 games played.
Fellow Baby Penguin Eric Tangradi was quoted saying that if Vitale hadn’t gone to the NCAA he would be “the next Sean Avery” by now.
Vitale definitely has the potential to fill an agitator/grinding role in the future for Pittsburgh.