The Penguins have a plethora of talented defensemen in their organization. But one gifted blueliner that has flown under the radar is Nick D’Agostino.
D’Agostino, the Penguins’ seventh-round selection (210th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft, finished his third collegiate season with Cornell in 2011-12. He was named All-Ivy Second-Team and All-ECAC Second-Team after leading the Big Red with six power-play goals and setting career highs in goals (8) and points (20).
“Our coach really stresses defensemen getting up in the play. Any opportunity I have to jump up and contribute on offense and support my forwards I’m there,” the smooth-skating defenseman said. “On the power play last year I scored a lot of goals in the first half. I was primarily a shooter. My teammates looked to me and found me in the right spots. I was lucky to put a few of them in the back of the net.”