The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed prospect Isaac Belliveau to a three-year entry-level contract, which kicks in for the 2023-24 season. Belliveau currently plays for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL, where he will remain through the end of the season.
Now 20, Belliveau was a fifth-round pick of the Penguins in 2021 and would have become a free agent if not signed by June 1. The 6’2″ defenseman has 40 points in 44 games for the Olympiques this season, playing second fiddle to Anaheim Ducks prospect Tristan Luneau, who leads the team and all QMJHL defenders in scoring.
Belliveau is 12th in that race, though, and an intriguing prospect in his own right. He has had an especially good stretch recently, with five points in his last three, and has a chance to go on a long playoff run with the 39-12-6 club.
He’ll be ticketed for his first professional campaign in 2023-24; whether he can continue that offensive performance at the next level remains to be seen.