Tom Kühnhackl signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier today.

The Spitfires selected the 19-year-old native of Landshut, Germany with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft. A few weeks later, the Penguins drafted him in the 4th round, 110th overall in the 2010 NHL Selection Draft.

"The Windsor Spitfires congratulate Tom on signing with the Penguins. This is well deserved as he has enjoyed a tremendous season with our hockey club," said Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel. "Tom has been a scoring threat for us on a nightly basis and has produced consistently while playing a real physical brand of hockey. We are proud of Tom’s achievements and look forward to hopefully one day seeing him in a Penguins uniform. This will give him a big boost as our team heads into the playoffs."

Kühnhackl has exceded expectations this season with the Spits.

His 39 goals were the most on the team in the regular season, and ranked him 13th overall in the OHL. His 15 power play goals tied him for sixth best in the league.

Kühnhackl was one of four Windsor Spitfires to play at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York - suiting up for Team Germany for the first time at the event.

Last year, he posted four goals and two assists at the World Under-18 Championships.

Tom is the son of German hockey legend Erich Kühnhackl. Erich, played in the top German leagues from 1968 until 1989 and appeared in five Winter Olympics for West Germany.

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