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Penguins sign first-round pick Kapanen

2014 NHL Draft - Portraits

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Kasperi Kapanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their 2014 first-round draft pick, Kasperi Kapanen, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Kapanen was the 22nd player chosen in the draft. The 17-year-old Finnish winger was the top-ranked European skater, according to Central Scouting.

Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford believes there’s a chance Kapanen could crack the Pens’ roster next season.