113-Year-Old Center – Pittsburgh Penguins
Nicholas Drazenovic Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins worth $550,000 in July of 2013.
Drazenovic has been returned to AHL Springfield by the Blue Jackets.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Drazenovic made no impact at all in his first taste of the NHL last year, but the 25-year-old put together his best season to date on a point-per-game basis in the AHL, notching 13 goals and 41 points in 41 games. He joins the Blue Jackets on a two-way deal, but on a club as desperate for offense as Columbus will be without Rick Nash, expect Drazenovic to get every opportunity to win a regular spot in the Jackets' top nine. Remember his name in keeper leagues if he has a good training camp.
Minor league depth forward.
Drazenovic, who'll turn 24 during the season, is expected to open the 2010-11 season for the Peoria Rivermen, his fourth year in the AHL. His 19 goals were tied for team high, despite missing significant time due to injury, and he scored on 12.4 percent of his shots. He's a speedy skater with good skills, but doesn't play enough of a physical game, despite very good size. He'll be on the short list of candidates should the Blues need a forward for a quick callup.