The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Bryan Rust from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Rust, 22, ranks second on WBS with seven goals, while producing 11 points, in 22 games during his first full AHL season. He has scored six of his goals at even strength.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Rust made his professional debut with WBS on April 11 of last season at Syracuse. He skated in two regular-season contests and one Calder Cup playoff game for WBS.
Prior to joining WBS, the Pontiac, Michigan native was a four-year letter-winner at Notre Dame, where he totaled 43 goals, 97 points and was plus-53 in 161 career games.
Last season, Rust won Notre Dame’s Unsung Hero Award after leading the team with 17 goals and ranking second with 33 points in 40 games. An alternate captain for the Fighting Irish, Rust was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Rust was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (80th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He helped the United States World Under-18 Team win a gold medal in 2010, and he attended the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in both 2010 and ’11.