The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Bobby Farnham, Chris Conner, Andrew Ebbett and Nick Drazenovic to one year contracts.
Farnham is a four-year product of Brown University, where he recently completed his senior season for the Brown Bears.In four collegiate seasons, the North Andover, Massachusetts, native totaled 54 points (23g, 31a) and 128 penalty minutes in 129 contests. Farnham began the year with the Wheeling Nailers, where he posted three goals, one assist and 46 penalty minutes in nine games. During his 65 games with the baby Pens this season, Farnham posted 11 points and 274 penalty minutes.
Undrafted, Conner played four seasons of collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech of the WCHA from 2002 to 2006. After his senior year, Chris made his professional debut with the Iowa Stars of the AHL at the end of the 2005–06 season. Prior to last season, Conner signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on a one-year contract. With the lockout in affect, he was directly assigned to AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He was recalled by the Coyotes to help their playoff push, appearing in 12 games to score 2 points, before being returned to Portland before the end of their season
On May 16, 2007, Ebbett was signed by the Anaheim Ducks. He was then assigned to affiliate the Portland Pirates of the AHL but made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season with the Ducks, playing in 3 games. After a bit of traveling, Ebbett signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks on July 2nd, 2012 that paid him $600,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level. Mainly used in a depth role, Ebbett scored one goal and five assists in 28 games with the Canucks.
Drazenovic was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 6th round (171st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On July 7, 2011, after he was not tendered an offer by the Blues, Drazenovic signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was assigned to play with affiliate the Springfield Falcons for the start of the 2011–12 season. In eight games with the Blue Jackets last season, Draz did not manage to record a single point.
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