Pittsburgh Penguins has again signed a contract Jake Guentzel for a five-year contract extension, announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The agreement starts with the 2019-20 season and runs through the campaign 2023-24, and it brings an average annual value of $ 6 million.
"Jake established himself as a player who had an impact on our team from the start, especially during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoff," Rutherford said. "He has been a core player on the team and we are very happy to have Jake sign a long-term contract with Penguins."
Guentzel, 24, has been one of the leading Penguin offensive players since joining the club in full in the middle of the 2016-17 season. He has done some of his best work during the postseason, including his role in starring in the 2017 Stanley Penguins Cup championship.
When Pittsburgh won the Cup in 17, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Guentzel led all NHL players in scoring a postseason with 13 goals, the second most by a rookie in league history. His 21 points tied the NHL rookie record, while the five winners of the match set the value of the new NHL rookie.
Last spring, Guentzel was even more productive in the playoffs, scoring 10 goals and total 21 points in just 12 matches. Despite playing only two rounds, he finished fourth among all skaters in goals, and tied for fifth in points. Guentzel joined the Hall of Fame Penguins owner, Mario Lemieux as the only player in NHL history to reach double digits in goals in each of their first playoffs.
After just two postseason appearances, Guentzel not only collected the Stanley Cup ring, but his 23 goals were tied for the seventh biggest in Penguins postseason history, and 42 points were 13th. Among all NHL players over that range, Guentzel's total goals rank first, while the total points are only surpassed by linemate Sidney Crosby (48)
This year, Guentzel is ready to once again build the highest new regular season in all categories. So far he has 15 goals, 18 assists and 33 points in 36 matches. His high-scoring exploits included a hat trick for his first regular season on November 24 against Columbus and the best six-point streak in his career flowing from his hat trick to December 6 (4G-6A-10PTS). In 158 regular career season matches, Guentzel has 53 goals, 61 assists and 114 points.
Guentzel, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Minnesota, was originally designed by Penguin in the third round (77th overall) NHL Draft 2013. Among all players from his mandatory military class, an average of 0.34 goals from Guentzel per the average match behind Sean Monahan (0.37) in Calgary, while averaging 0.72 points per game is fourth, just behind Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado (0.87), Alexsander Barkov of Florida (0, 78) and Monahan (0.75). All three were selected in the first six choices of June.