Samuelsson leaves BC for Penguins; Dumoulin, Kreider to return

Boston College sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson has decided to forego his last two years of eligibility and sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Samuelsson, drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2009 NHL draft, scored four goals and added 12 assists in 39 games this year.

Last season, Samuelsson was part of the Eagles’ national championship team and had a goal and 14 points as a freshman.

While Samuelsson is leaving BC, the school announced Monday that sophomore defenseman Brian Dumoulin and sophomore forward Chris Kreider will return for their junior seasons.

“Both players have had very impressive freshman and sophomore seasons and we expect both to be leaders of our club in 2011-12,” Boston College coach Jerry York said in a statement. “Brian and Chris embody what we strive for in a Boston College hockey player. They’re interested in education and active in the community and we’re very pleased that each will be back as juniors.”

Dumoulin was selected the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2009 draft and Kreider was taken by the New York Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the first round in 2009.