Each month pittsburghpenguins.com will take a look at the organization's amateur prospects and update their current seasons with their respective team.
Team: Yale Bulldogs, ECAC
Date of Birth: April 30, 1992
Hometown: Flanders, NJ
Drafted: 2010, 2nd Round, 52nd Overall
Notes: Agostino leads the Bulldogs in scoring, putting up 17 points through 13 contests this season. The junior forward also leads the team in assists with 10, and three of his seven goals have come on the man-advantage. Nine of Agostino’s 17 points have been recorded in conference play.
Team: Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, WCHA
Date of Birth: October 6, 1992
Hometown: Brainerd, MN
Drafted: 2011, 6th Round, 174th Overall
Notes: Archibald recorded four helpers in seven games during the month of December, bumping his season total to 17 points, good for third place on the Mavericks roster. The sophomore forward put up two assists in a 6-5 win over St. Cloud State on Dec. 7, going plus-3 on the night as well. Archibald has one game-winning tally on the year.
Team: Minnesota State Mavericks, WCHA
Date of Birth: August 15, 1994
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Drafted: 2012, 2nd Round, 52nd Overall
Notes: Blueger was in the giving spirit during the month of December, dishing out seven assists in five contests. The freshman forward has 12 points (2G-10A) through 18 games for the Mavericks and is tied for fifth in scoring on the squad. Blueger has spent the holidays in Ufa, Russia, competing for his native Latvia at the IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring one goal in four contests.
Team: Cornell Big Red, ECAC
Date of Birth: June 24, 1990
Hometown: Bolton, ON
Drafted: 2008, 7th Round, 210th Overall
Notes: D’Agostino picked up four assists through three contests in December, giving him nine points on the season, good for third on the Cornell roster. The senior defenseman’s helpers came during the Florida College Classic tournament over the holidays, including three against Maine in a 6-4 loss on Dec. 29. D’Agostino has 14 blocked shots on the campaign.
Team: St. Cloud State Huskies, WCHA
Date of Birth: October 18, 1990
Hometown: Little Falls, MN
Drafted: 2009, 3rd Round, 63rd Overall
Notes: Hanowski is avergaing almost a point-per-game, recording 14 through 15 contests this season. St. Cloud’s captain skated in seven games through December, potting two goals and four assists during that span, including two helpers in a 6-5 loss to Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 7. Hanowski’s tally on Dec. 15 against Colorado College was the game-winner in a 3-1 victory.
|2009-10||St. Cloud State||WCHA||43||9||10||19|
|2010-11||St. Cloud State||WCHA||37||13||7||20|
|2011-12||St. Cloud State||WCHA||39||23||20||43|
|2012-13||St. Cloud State||WCHA||15||6||8||14|
Team: London Knights, OHL
Date of Birth: March 10, 1993
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Drafted: 2011, 2nd Round, 54th Overall
Notes: Harrington added two assists to his totals in the month of December, putting up 10 points thus far on the season. The captain in London, Harrington is an alternate captain for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia, amassing one helper through four contests.
Team: London Knights, OHL
Date of Birth: August 22, 1994
Hometown: Jyvaskyla, Finland
Drafted: 2012, 1st Round, 22nd Overall
Notes: Maatta continues to be the leading scorer from the blue line in London, putting up 24 points through 32 contests. The second-year defenseman added one assist in December before departing the club for the World Junior Championship. Skating for his native Finland, Maatta has recorded six shots on goal while going scoreless in the tournament thus far.
Team: Boston University Terriers, HE
Date of Birth: February 2, 1993
Hometown: Powell River, B.C.
Drafted: 2012, 4th Round, 113th Overall
Notes: Maguire continues in a backup role for the No. 9 Terriers, but he’s made the most of his starting opportunities. The freshman netminder got the nod on Dec. 8 against Maine, recording his third win and second shutout of the campaign while leading his club to a 1-0 victory. Maguire stopped all 28 shots he faced on the night, bumping his save percentage to an impressive .930 through five starts.
Position: Left Wing
Team: Kitchener Rangers, OHL
Date of Birth: February 22, 1994
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Drafted: 2012, 4th Round, 92nd Overall
Notes: Marcantuoni participated in nine contests during the month of December, recording a goal and four assists in the process. Skating in his third season for Kitchener, Marcantuoni potted a power-play goal and an assist in a 5-4 road win against Plymouth on Dec. 1. The Toronto native now has 10 helpers and 14 points on the year.
Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
Date of Birth: May 25, 1994
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Drafted: 2012, 3rd Round, 83rd Overall
Notes: Murray appeared in eight contests in December, going 4-4 in those starts. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Murray was victorious in four of his final five starts last month, including a 34-save overtime victory on Dec. 14 against Saginaw. Murray now has 15 wins and a .901 save percentage to his credit.
|2010-11||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL||28||8-14-9||3.79||.887|
|2011-12||sSault Ste. Marie||OHL||36||13-20-4||4.08||.876|
|2012-13||Sault Ste. Marie||OHL||29||15-13-1||3.57||.901|
Team: Portland Winterhawks, WHL
Date of Birth: January 16, 1994
Hometown: Weyburn, SK
Drafted: 2012, 1st Round, 8th Overall
Notes: A Penguins’ first-round pick in 2012, Pouliot continues to lead the Winterhawks defense in the offensive categories, averaging over a point-per-game thus far. Pouliot amassed three goals and nine helpers in the month of December, including a goal and two assists Dec. 10 in a 4-1 win over Tri-City. The Saskatchewan native is second among WHL blueliners with 36 points through 35 contests.
Team: Prince Albert Raiders, WHL
Date of Birth: March 17, 1993
Hometown: Zehner, SK
Drafted: 2011, 3rd Round, 84th Overall
Notes: Ruopp went scoreless in December, but the physical defenseman was a plus-3 in nine games over the past month. Ruopp has put up 61 penalty minutes through 38 contests this season, and needs just one more point to set a new career-high with 10.
Position: Right Wing
Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, CCHA
Date of Birth: May 11, 1992
Hometown: Novi, MI
Drafted: 2010, 3rd Round, 80th Overall
Notes: Skating in his junior season with No. 3 Notre Dame, Rust has recorded 14 points through 18 contests this season. The Novi, Michigan native added a goal and two assists in a 6-1 Irish victory over Lake Superior State on Dec. 1. Rust is tied for fourth on the squad in points and has only taken one penalty on the campaign.
Team: Peterborough Petes, OHL
Date of Birth: May 18, 1993
Hometown: Maitland, ON
Drafted: 2012, 5th Round, 143rd Overall
Notes: Seymour had one assist in the month of December, hitting double digits in points for the first time in his career. The fourth-year defenseman picked up his 10th point in a 5-2 win over Kingston three days after Christmas.
Team: Skelleftea J20, SuperElit
Date of Birth: March 23, 1994
Hometown: Boden, Sweden
Drafted: 2012, 3rd Round, 81st Overall
Notes: Sundqvist continues to average a point-per-game, as the Swedish center has potted 26 points through 26 outings for Skelleftea in the SuperElit league. Sundqvist has recorded four of his 13 tallies on the man-advantage and owns a plus-10 rating on the year.
Team: Providence Friars, HE
Date of Birth: December 17, 1990
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
Drafted: 2009, 5th Round, 123rd Overall
Notes: Skating in his senior season at Providence, Velischek has six helpers through 16 games this season. The 6 foot defenseman carries a plus-14 rating from the blue line, and four of his six points have come in conference play.
Team: UMASS-Lowell, HE
Date of Birth: April 24, 1992
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Drafted: 2011, 7th Round, 209th Overall
Notes: Wilson continues to lead the UMASS-Lowell roster in points with 12. The sophomore forward recorded points in three of four contests during the month of December, including a tally in a 5-0 win over Harvard on Dec. 10. Wilson has nine points (2G-7A) in 10 conference games for the River Hawks.
Position: Right Wing
Team: Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL
Date of Birth: February 22, 1993
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Drafted: 2012, 6th Round, 173rd Overall
Notes: It only took Zlobin two games to put up nine points this past weekend, as he closed out the month of December on a torrid pace. The crafty forward tore it up in a pair of contests against Rouyn-Noranda, potting a goal and two assists on Dec. 29. He then proceeded to record a hat trick and three more helpers the very next night in an 8-6 victory over the Huskies. Zlobin received the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s ‘First Star’ of the week honors thanks to his efforts in the two contests. The Moscow native is ranked second on Val d’Or and 13th in the QMJHL in points with 49.
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