Penguins Prospects Kenny Agostino and Josh Archibald Invited to Team USA World Junior Championship Tryouts
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospects Kenny Agostino and Josh Archibald were among 30 players invited today to Team USA’s World Junior Championship tryout camp Dec. 17-23 at the Edgeworth Centre in Camrose, Alberta.
Also invited to the camp, which will help determine the 22-man tournament roster, were four players who played for the Pittsburgh Hornets amateur hockey program – forwards Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa.) and J.T. Miller (East Palestine, OH); defenseman Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.); and goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Team USA will be looking to medal for the third straight year at the 2012 World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Agostino, 19, is currently in his sophomore season with Yale of the ECAC, where he ranks second on his team with 10 points (4G-6A) in 10 games. Pittsburgh’s fifth-round draft pick (140th overall) in 2010, Agostino starred at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this August, finishing the week as Team USA’s leading scorer with 10 points (3G-7A) in six games.
Last season the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Agostino notched 25 points (11G-14A) in 31 games as Yale came within one victory of advancing to the 2011 Frozen Four.
Archibald, 19, is in the midst of a successful freshman campaign with Nebraska-Omaha of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Archibald, a sixth-round pick (174th overall) in 2011, has scored seven goals and 11 points in 17 games. His seven goals rank third on the team.
Archibald was named the WCHA’s rookie of the week on Nov. 15 after collecting a team-best four points (2G-2A) in two games that weekend. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Archibald was a finalist last season for the state of Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award after notching 27 goals, 46 assists and 73 points in 25 games for Brainerd High School.
Saad, 19, made the Chicago Blackhawks opening-night roster and appeared in two NHL games this season before being re-assigned to his junior team, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Saad, Chicago’s second-round draft pick (43rd overall) in June, has scored nine goals and 19 points in 11 games with the Spirit.
Miller, 19, is tied for 13th in the OHL scoring race with 36 points (11G-25A) in 29 games for the Plymouth Whalers. Miller was drafted by the New York Rangers 15th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft – making him the highest-drafted Pittsburgh amateur hockey player ever.
Johns, 19, is in his sophomore campaign with Notre Dame of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), where he has two goals, six points and a plus-4 rating in 18 games. Last season, Johns, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, notched 13 points (2G-11A) in 44 games.
Gibson, 19, has split the goaltending chores this season for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Gibson has appeared in 18 games for Kitchener, going 12-5 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Anaheim made Gibson the second goaltender chosen in the 2011 NHL Draft when they selected him in the second round (39th overall).