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Penguins Day 2 Draft Picks

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The Penguins completed their second day at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles by taking five players (three forwards and two defensemen), including three American-born players to join first-round selection Beau Bennett of Gardena, California.

Here is a glance at each pick with some insight from the players and Penguins director of amateur scouting Jay Heinbuck.

Name: Bryan Rust
Selection: Third Round (80th overall)
Position: RW
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 191 pounds
Shoots: Right
Birth: May 11, 1992
Born in: Pontiac, Michigan

Career: Spent the last two seasons with the United States Development Team of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Last year he appeared in 27 games for the Under-18 team, recording 10 goals and 23 points. Rust posted 20 points (9G-11A) in 58 games for the Under-17 team in 2008-09.

Heinbuck’s Take:
“He’s more of the complete package, playoff type performer that will be out there on penalty kills and blocking shots. He’ll also chip in goals. His attention to detail is very good.”

> Rust was a member of the gold-medal winning United States team at 2010 World Under-18 Championships in Belarus. He finished with four goals, six points and a plus-4 rating in seven games for USA.

> Rust will play next season at Notre Dame, alongside fellow US Development players Jarred Tinordi and Pittsburgh native Stephen Johns.

> Models his play after San Jose’s Joe Pavelski.

> His older brother, Matt, was drafted by the Florida Panthers 101st overall in 2007.

On getting drafted:
“Pure excitement. I didn’t know where I was going, which draft pick. But I’m happy where I’m going, great organization, great coach. I’m pretty excited.”

On his style:
“I’m a team that works hard at both ends of the ice. I’m hard working, good offensive talent. I’ll bring the little things, blocked shots, take hits to make plays, smart player. I’ll play the role that coach asks me to play.”

On why he chose to play hockey:
I’m from Michigan, a big hockey state. It’s not like other sports. The way you feel on the ice is something that you can’t replace.
On who he rooted for in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final:
No comment (laughs)


Name: Tom Kuehnhackl
Selection: Fourth Round (110th overall)
Position: RW
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 172 pounds
Shoots: Left
Birth: January 21, 1992
Born in: Landshut, Germany

Career: Played last season with Landshut of the German tier-2 league. He recorded 12 goals and 21 points in 38 games.

Heinbuck’s Take:
“Kuehnhackl is what we coined in hockey as that raw guy. He has potential to fill out and get a lot bigger. If that happens it enhances his skills even further, a 6-foot-3 winger that gets up and down the ice pretty well.”

> Lists the Pittsburgh Penguins as his favorite team, and patterns his game after Sidney Crosby because “he’s a playmaker, a great skater and he’s the best player.” His most memorable game watched was seeing the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in Game 7 against Detroit in the 2009 playoffs.

> Will play next season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

> Kuehnhackl comes from a hockey family. His father, brother and sister all played hockey in Germany. His father, Erich, had 724 goals and 1,431 points in 774 German league games in a 21-year career. Erich represented West Germany in the 1976 and 1984 Olympics and was named German player of the year three times. Erich was voted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1997, and named German hockey player of the century in 2000.

> Kuehnhackl’s favorite movies are “The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “The Hangover.”

On being drafted by his favorite team:
Wow, when I was younger it was dream that I would get drafted one day by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now it’s happened. It’s a great feeling. I’m from Germany and it’s not a hockey nation. Not a lot of players get drafted. It’s great for me.

On his style:
I’m a big guy so I use my body to protect the puck and get the puck to the net for great scoring chances. I see the open guys. I like to play the puck but I also like to shoot.

On his father:
I try to be like my dad. He was not a bad player. Maybe I can play like him one day.


Name: Kenneth Agostino
Selection: Fifth Round (140th overall)
Position: LW
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 190 pounds
Shoots: Left
Birth: April 30, 1992
Born in: Morristown, New Jersey

Career: Played at Delbarton High School this past season. Notched 50 goals and 83 points in 27 games.

Heinbuck’s Take:
Kenny Agostino is a college guy. He’s going to take some time to develop at Yale. His skill package is excellent. His feet need to get a little quicker. He realizes that. He brings that down low puck protection skill.”

> Agostino was named by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as the 2010 New Jersey High School Player of the Year for three consecutive years.

> Agostino will play next season at Yale University.

> Agostino high school teammate of Penguins 2009 draft pick Alex Velischek.

On making the trip to Los Angeles:
It seemed like I was going to go at some point today. It was just a matter of where. You get a little antsy, but just to be picked is a great relief. It’s a great honor, for sure.

On his style:
I’m an offensive player. I have good vision out there and a pretty good set of hands. I score every once in a while, but I also see the ice well. I’m ready to work hard and try to get whatever I can.

On talking to Velischek:
He was drafted by Pittsburgh last year. He’s been great with me the whole year, letting me know what to expect and the expectations. He’s been great. I have a sense of familiarity now, and a sense of comfort going there with Alex.

On his summer regime:
Now that this has happened, all you can really do is work. I’m in a position where there are no guarantees. If I want to make it to that level one day I’m going to have to work extremely hard over the next few years.


Name: Joe Rogalski
Selection: Round 6 (152nd overall)
Position: D
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195 pounds
Shoots: Right
Birth: November 29, 1991
Born in: Buffalo, New York

Career: Played the past two seasons with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He notched 42 points in that span on eight goals and 34 assists. He posted 29 points (6G-23A) in 66 games this past season.

Heinbuck’s Take:
“Very raw player with size and ability you hope to hone. We took a couple forwards early and wanted to add some defensemen.”


Name: Reid McNeill
Selection: Sixth Round (170th overall)
Position: D
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 191 pounds
Shoots: Left
Birth: April 29, 1992
Born in: London, Ontario

Career: Played this past season with London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He tallied five points and 32 penalty minutes in 53 contests.

Heinbuck’s Take:
“Also a very raw player that has a body and certain skills to work with. We hope he progresses along in the next couple of years.”
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