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BC's Philip Samuelsson Signs With Pittsburgh Penguins

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Just when we got word that Brian Dumoulin and Chris Kreider were returning for their junior seasons, a fellow classmate has bolted for the pros. Today, it's Boston College sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson, who signs an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Samuelsson was a second round draft choice of the Pens in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (61st overall pick).

Samuelsson finished the year with 4 goals and 16 assists in 39 games this season, and finishes his career with 5 goals, 25 assists in 81 games. 

With Samuelsson turning pro, the Eagles will take a bit of a hit to their blueline, though all of the early departures and graduating players so far have been forwards (or Muse). BC's defensive pairings next season are likely to be Cross-Wey, Dumoulin-Alber and Shea-MacLeod.

Samuelsson will likely join former Eagles Carl Sneep, Chris Collins and Brian Gibbons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next season.

Congratulations and best of luck to Samuelsson as he continues his career in the NHL.