Pittsburgh Penguins add Finnish Superstar Janne Pesonen

Justin LorenzCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2008

Janne Pesonen looks forward to his new team. The NHL is a big step for any rookie. Look for Pesonen on the third line. If he progresses well enough the future is birght. When he adapts Sidney Crosby may have a new winger.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially announced today of the signing of Finnish All-Star Janne Pesonen. GM Ray Shero made the announcement:

“Pesonen is a quick, skilled player that has had much success in the Finnish Elite League. We look forward to watching him perform at his first NHL training camp.”

The Penguins are giving the Finnish prodigy a one-year, two-way contract that the Finland league demanded.

Janne Pesonen was last year's point leader for Oulu Kaprat. Pesonen had 78 points in 56 games, including 34 goals. He won four league championships, and was named playoff MVP in 2007.

Janne Pesonen wore number 20 in Finland, and is only 5-11 180 pounds. Pesonen is known for his great speed and shooting skills. In his career in Finland, Pesonen had 216 points in 285 games—94 of which were goals.

Pesonen was drafted in the ninth round in 2004 by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Janne Pesonen has great speed, similar to Martin St. Louis.