113-Year-Old Center – Pittsburgh Penguins
Joe Vitale Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract extension with the Penguins in February of 2012 worth an average annual value of $550,000.
Vitale was benched for his performance on faceoffs, and did not miss the past two games because of an injury, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
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|Nov 30||at FLA||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||4||0||10:54||0:00|
|Nov 29||at TB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||2||1||11:48||0:01|
|Nov 25||at BOS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||6||0||7:47||0:00|
|Nov 23||at MON||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||3||0||7:58||0:00|
|Nov 20||at WAS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||1||10:59||0:00|
|Nov 16||at NJ||Did Not Play|
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|Nov 6||at NYR||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||10:41||0:00|
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|Oct 28||at CAR||0||0||0||0||7||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||10:17||0:00|
|Oct 26||at TOR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||0||1||9:48||0:05|
|Oct 17||at PHI||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||0||10:06||0:00|
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|Oct 12||at TB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||1||10:52||0:00|
|Oct 11||at FLA||0||1||1||0||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||10:30||0:00|
|Oct 3||NJ||Did Not Play|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Vitale overcame the odds to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster with Pittsburgh last year. He battled Richard Park for a fourth-line role and both players ended up making the team. Vitale only produced 14 points (4G, 10A) in 68 games, however, and offers little offensive potential. Vitale is a grinder who finished with 106 hits in limited ice time and will look to improve upon his rookie showing in 2012-13.
Vitale proved to be a gritty center who is willing to work the corners during his nine-game NHL stay with Pittsburgh in 2010-11. He's a hard worker, but his offensive potential doesn't appear to be anything special. Vitale had two points with the Pens and 30 (9 G, 21 G) in 60 AHL contests. He's a good bet to see time with the Penguins in 2011-12, but it remains to be seen whether his offensive production merits a spot on fantasy teams.
Vitale was picked by the Penguins in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and last season he had his first real chance at the professional level. While playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2009-10, he proved that he could dish the puck (26 assists) and be aggressive in the pros. Vitale will get more experience with the Baby Pens this season.
Vitale made it past the first cuts of training camp, but at 24 he's not a young prospect. Vitale averaged nearly a point per game in his last season at Northeastern with 35 points in 27 games. He then picked up four points in five regular games with the Baby Pens before being shut out in 12 playoff contests. It's hard to see Vitale cracking Pittsburgh's lineup as anything more than a one or two game injury replacement.