Restricted free-agent defenseman Joe Piskula re-signed a one-year contract with the Kings today. Here’s the rest of the press release from the Kings…
Piskula, 25, recorded 12 points (0-12=12), 40 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-11 rating in 67 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, last season. The 6-3, 212-pound native of Antigo, Wis., also skated in 55 regular season games with the Monarchs during the 2007-08 season, recording six points (0-6=6) and 57 penalty minutes, and he also played in all four postseason games with the Monarchs that same season, recording zero points and four penalty minutes.
Piskula, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2007, made his Kings/NHL debut at Chicago on March 23, 2007. In five career NHL games with the Kings, he has zero points and six penalty minutes.
Prior to entering the pro ranks with the Kings at the end of the 2006-07 campaign, Piskula appeared in 38 games with the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) that same year, notching five points (1-4=5) and 34 penalty minutes. During his three-year stint with the Badgers, the blue-liner registered 22 points (3-19=22), 80 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 112 career games.
Piskula, who was voted as the Badgers’ Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player by his teammates in 2005-06, played for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) prior to attending the University of Wisconsin. He was also a finalist for Wisconsin’s “Mr. Hockey” while skating for Antigo High School.