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Maniscalco Signs NHL Entry-Level Deal with Penguins

Aug 21, 2020

Penguins Release

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Hockey junior defenseman and co-captain Josh Maniscalco has signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the organization announced Friday. 

The Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania native ranked tied for 6th in points among national defensemen in 2019-20 with 11 goals and 32 points. His 11 tallies were second most among all NCAA blueliners. 

"In just two short years, Josh had a major hand in bringing Sun Devil Hockey to national relevance," said head coach Greg Powers. "He believed in our plan as a program and our plan for him as a player. We are forever in debt to him for that belief. Today is a great day for Josh and his family, as he gets one step closer to his dream of playing in the NHL. 

"Josh has our unwavering support in every way. Pittsburgh is getting a spectacular player and special human being in Josh Maniscalco. Josh will forever be a Sun Devil for Life."

Maniscalco posted 52 points in 71 career games between two seasons with 15 goals and 37 assists on the top d-line each of his first two collegiate seasons. He was part of the Sun Devils' top power play unit as well, recording 13 power-play points this past season.

The 6-foot-2, 205lb defenseman was the first USNTDP player to commit to ASU, and came in as one of the most highly recruited defenseman in the country. 

He becomes the second Sun Devil to sign an NHL contract as a free agent, joining fellow linemate and recent San Jose Sharks signee Brinson Pasichnuk. 

Maniscalco is also the fourth Sun Devil to sign a professional contract this offseason, joining Brinson, Steenn Pasichnuk and Tyler Busch. 

To date, the Sun Devils have had 10 players sign professional contracts, including three NHL signees, one to the AHL, five sign to the ECHL and another sign overseas in England.