The Pittsburgh Penguins selected forward Tom Kuehnhackl (KOO-knock-el) from Landshut of the German-2 league with their fourth-round pick (110th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.
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. He added four goals and six points in five games with Team Germany at the World Under-18 Championship. Kuehnhackl will play for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2010-11.
Kuehnhackl comes from a family rooted with hockey experience. His father, Erich, was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named the German hockey player of the century in 2000. Kuehnhackl’s brother and sister also played hockey in Germany.
Kuenhackl (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) grew up a Penguins fan and lists Sidney Crosby
as the player he patterns his game after. Kuehnhackl named Game 7 of the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup Championship as the most memorable hockey game he has ever watched.