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Pesonen signs with KHL club - 8-4-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

We waited a day before we saw something a little bit more concrete, but according to Hockey Sverige, a Swedish hockey site, it looks like former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen (right) has signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, the same team as former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov.

Pesonen appeared in only seven games with the NHL Penguins last season and failed to record a point. In 70 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pesonen set a franchise record with 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) and was fourth in the AHL in scoring.

EN Says: Part of us wants to say that Pesonen never really got a fair shot at the NHL, especially when he was called up while Michel Therrien was still the head coach. He was never going to show what he could really do by only getting four or five minutes per game on the fourth line.

But another part of us wonders if he really deserved a chance considering there were more than enough opportunites to earn playing time when Dan Bylsma, who was more than familiar with him given as the head coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. And when you consider that no other NHL team has signed Pesonen, his NHL credentials are questionable.

Either way, Pesonen was a low-risk high-reward prospect the Penguins took a shot at. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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