Getting to Know: Tom Kuhnhackl
Size: 6-foot-2, 172 pounds
Birth Date: Jan. 21, 1992
How the Pens Acquired Him: Drafted in 4th round (110th overall) of 2010 NHL Draft
Team Status: Signed to entry-level contract through 2014-15
Claim to Fame: Father Erich Kuhnhackl was named Germany’s “hockey player of the century” in 2000. Erich is the German National Team’s all-time scoring leader with 131 goals, and he played in 10 World Championships and three Olympic Games.
2012-13 Season: Kuhnhackl made his professional debut after two years in the Ontario Hockey League, playing 13 games between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling. His season ended on Dec. 2 after he suffered an upper-body injury that required surgery, but he returned for July’s development camp.
Numbers Never Lie: His 39 regular-season goals led the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires in the 2010-11 campaign. Kuhnhackl added 11 goals and 23 points in 18 playoff games to lead Windsor to the conference final.
Pens' Take: “We're looking for big things from Tommy. He's got a big frame. He's a big kid. He's a good athlete. He shoots the puck a ton. We're looking for big things. We need him to make the next step.” – Bill Guerin
Kuhnhackl on returning from injury: “I just want to show the coaches that I can actually play hockey after I couldn't show them last year. I just want to show them that I have the scoring touch, I can make plays, be on the power play, just be a good hockey player."