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Giants Pierro-Zabotel signs with Penguins

May 5, 2009 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Vancouver Giants News Release

PITTSBURGH PA - The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel to a three-year entry-level contract through 2012, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Pierro-Zabotel will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Pierro-Zabotel, 20, led the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League with 115 points (36 goals, 79 assists) along with a plus-62 rating in 72 contests this season. He was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy as the leading scorer in the WHL with 115 points and was named the WHL Western Conference Player of the Year.

The 6-2, 210 pound winger set team records for the Giants in assists (79) and points (115) and was also named team MVP for the 2008-09 season. He notched 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 17 playoff appearances this season. Pierro-Zabotel played two seasons of major junior hockey with Vancouver tallying 163 points (55 goals, 108 assists) in 121 games. He contributed 23 points in 27 playoff contests for Vancouver. 'We are excited for Casey and wish him the best with the Penguins organization,' commented Giants General Manager Scott Bonner.

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