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Four Americans Highlight Penguins’ 2010 Draft Class

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins made five selections on the second day of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, including three more United States-born players to bring the total number of Americans drafted by the team to four.

One day after choosing Gardena, California native Beau Bennett with their first-round draft pick the Penguins took a trio of Americans including third-round selection Bryan Rust (Pontiac, Mich.), fifth-round pick Kenneth Agostino (Morristown, N.J.) and sixth-rounder Joe Rogalski (Buffalo, N.Y.).

Overall, the Penguins chose four forwards and two defensemen among their six picks, with fourth-round pick Tom Kuehnhackl (KOO-knock-el) the lone European taken by the team.

Below are brief profiles of the Penguins’ second-day picks:

Third round (80th overall) – Bryan Rust, a 6-1, 191-pound forward from the United States National Development Under-18 Team. Rust, 18, appeared in 27 games with the U.S. Under-18 team this past season, recording 10 goals and 23 points. He was a member of the U.S. squad which won the gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships in Belarus. Rust was one of the offensive leaders for the Americans as he finished with four goals, six points and a plus-4 rating in seven games. His four goals ranked second on the team. He will be attending Notre Dame in the fall.

Fourth round (110th) – Tom Kuehnhackl, a 6-2, 192-pound forward from Landshut of the German-2 league. Kuehnhackl, 18, was Central Scouting’s No. 8 ranked European skater. He appeared in 38 games for Landshut this past season, scoring 12 goals and 21 points. His father, Erich, was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997. Tom Kuehnhackl, who grew up a Penguins fan, will play for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2010-11.

Fifth round (140th) – Kenneth Agostino, a 5-10, 190-pound forward from Delbarton High School in Morristown, New Jersey. Agostino, 18, was named the Newark Star-Ledger’s 2010 New Jersey High School Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season after recording 50 goals and 83 points in 27 games. Agostino, who will be attending Yale in the fall, hails from the same high school as Penguins’ 2009 fifth-round draft pick, defenseman Alex Velischek.

Sixth round (152nd) – Joe Rogalski, a 6-1, 195-pound defenseman from Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Rogalski, 18, spent the past two seasons playing for Sarnia, where he posted eight goals and 42 points in 134 games.

Sixth round (170th) – Reid McNeill, a 6-3, 191-pound defenseman from London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). McNeill, 18, appeared in 53 games for the Knights during the 2009-10 season, picking up two goals, five points and 32 penalty minutes. He was the lone Canadian drafted by the Penguins.

The Penguins traded their seventh-round pick (200th overall) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round selection at the 2011 Entry Draft.
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