While the NHL and NHLPA continue negotiations in an attempt to save the 2012-2013 season, potential future Pittsburgh Penguins players polish their skills at the junior and collegiate levels. These prospects are draft picks and undrafted free agents that hope to pull on the Penguins sweater at some point in their career.
Kenny Agostino (Yale University): Agostino was the Penguins’ fifth round (140th overall) pick in the 2010 draft. The left wing is a junior for the Yale University Bulldogs, and has scored seven goals and ten assists in thirteen games. As of January 3, the Bulldogs are 7-4-2 overall, and sport a conference record of 3-3-1. Their next game is January 4 at Boston College.
Matia Marcantuoni (Kitchener Rangers; OHL): Matia Marcantuoni is currently playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. The center was the Penguins’ fourth round (92nd overall) choice in the 2012 entry draft. In thirty-three games, Marcantuoni has scored fourteen points consisting of four goals and ten assists. Kitchener currently sits fourth in the Midwest division of the western conference in the Ontario Hockey League with a record of 20-12-1. The Rangers’ next game is January 4 against the Peterborough Petes.
Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud State): The Penguins’ third round (63rd overall) pick in the 2009 draft, Hanowski has spent his time with the St. Cloud State Huskies. The senior right wing has scored fourteen points in fifteen games with the huskies. Hanowski is also in a four-way tie for fifth spot on the team in goal with six. As of January 3, St. Cloud State has a 12-8 overall record and is 9-5 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The Huskies’ next game is January 4 versus Northern Michigan.
Nicholas D’Agostino (Cornell University): D’Agostino is a senior at Cornell University and was the Penguins’ seventh round (210th overall) selection in the 2008 draft. The Big Red defenseman is tied for third on the team in points with nine in thirteen games, and has a +5 rating. Cornell has an overall record of 7-4-2 and a conference record of 3-3-2. The Big Red’s next game is January 4 at the University of Denver.
Patrick Killeen (Wheeling Nailers; ECHL): Patrick Killeen drafted by the Penguins in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2008 draft. Currently Killeen is on the injured reserve list for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In thirteen games with the Nailers, Killeen 3-5-2 with a 0.880 save percentage and 3.25 goals against average. The Nailers are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference with a record of 13-12-2. Their next games are January 4-5 against the Trenton Titans.