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PENS DEVELOPMENT CAMP PROFILES - PART 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 Development Camp begins today as players arrive at CONSOL Energy Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton color commentator Mike O'Brien will be heading out to the Steel City to provide coverage Thursday through Saturday.  Make sure you follow him on Twitter and Facebook  for live updates.  Leading up to Thursday, we will be profiling some of the players participating in this year's development camp.  Today we look at past draft picks of the Penguins who are attending Development Camp and could be in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  If you missed Monday's profiles of the Penguins' 2013 Draft Class, click here.  
 
By Leah Cover 

Nick D’Agostino

D’Agostino was a seventh-round selection (210th overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 NHL draft.

The blueliner played the past four seasons at Cornell University, serving as captain his senior year.  In his final year with the Big Red, he led team defensemen in goals (6) and ranked second in points, tallying 17 (6g-11a) in 34 games.

D’Agostino also the top point-producer among Cornell’s defense corps his junior season, scoring 20 points (8g-12a) in 24 matches, while earning a spot on the NCAA Second All-Star Team.  

Then native of Bolton, Ontario was named to the NCAA All-Rookie squad as he helped Big Red to 2010 ECAC Championship.

D’Agostino completed his career at Cornell with 25 goals, 47 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 132 games.  

Scott Harrington

Harrington was selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft (54th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The 20-year old defenseman skated the past four seasons with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League, helping his team to back-to-back league championships in 2012 and 2013.  He joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following London’s appearance in the Memorial Cup and tallied his first pro goal while skating in two playoff games with the Penguins. 

In 2012-13, Harrington registered 19 points (3g-16a) in 50 games, and also represented team Canada as an assistant captain in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

The young-gun blueliner is no rookie when it comes to international play. He attended the same WJIHC contest in 2012, where he claimed a bronze medal with the Canadian side. In 2011, he attended the International Ice Hockey Federation World U-18 Championships and in 2010; he earned silver at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge. 

In his first season with London, he was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team after appearing in 55 games and scoring 14 points (1g-13a).  Harrington compiled 81 points (13g-68a) and a +58 plus/minus rating over 216 games during his four years with the Knights. 

Eric Hartzell

Eric Hartzell was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 14 after putting together one of the most impressive seasons in college hockey.

The 24-year old netminder went 30-7-5 in 42 games during his senior year with Quinnipiac University, including five shutouts.   He ranked among the nation’s leaders with a 1.57 goals against average (3rd),  led in win percentage with .774 win percentage (2nd) and a .933 save percentage (8th). His shutout total was also tied for second overall. 

For his efforts, he was selected both a First Team All-American team in NCAA-East and a First Team ECAC All-Star.  In addition, he collected honors as the ECAC Player and Goaltender of the Year, USA Hockey College player of the year and a Hobey Baker Award Finalist.

From 2009-13, Hartzell went 58-27-17 in 106 games for the Bobcats, registering a 1.96 goals against average, 10 shutouts and a .924 save percentage  

Harrison Ruopp

Ruopp was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on the first night of the 2012 NHL Draft in the trade that sent Zbynek Michalek to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Originally from Zehner, Saksatchewan, Ruopp skated in the Western Hockey League for the last four years with the Prince Albert Raiders.

In 2012-13, Ruopp set career highs last season, recording 16 points (1g, 15a) in 65 contests and a +11 plus/minus rating.   The physical 6’2”, 193-pound defenseman also racked up a team-leading 132 penalty minutes on the season.      

Ruopp accumulated three goals, 31 assists and 127 penalty minutes in 214 games for the Raiders. 

Bryan Rust

Bryan Rust was drafted in the third round (80th overall) by the Penguins in 2010 and is the younger brother of former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward, Matt.

The 21-year old forward has played the past three seasons at Notre Dame and enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13 as a junior.  

After totaling 30 points in his first two years with the Irish, Rust ranked second on the team this season, registering 34 points (15g, 19a) in 41 games. His 15 goals were the second-highest total for Notre Dame, and 19 assists tied Rust for the team lead.   

Last year saw the Fighting Irish claim the final CCHA championship as Notre Dame joins the Hockey East for the 2013-14 season.

Prior to the collegiate level, Rust played with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the United States Hockey League. In 2009-10, he recorded 23 points (10g, 13a) in 26 contests.  That same year, the playmaker took home gold at the U-18 World Junior Championship where he compiled 6 points (4g, 2a) over seven games for team USA.  

Clark Seymour

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected defenseman Clark Seymour in the fifth round (#143 overall) of the 2012 Draft.

The 20-year old from Brockville, Ontario split four seasons in the OHL between the Kingston Frontenacs and the Peterborough Petes.  He began his OHL career in 2009 with Kingston before a mid-season trade in 2010-11 brought him to the Petes. 

Seymour was an assistant captain for Peterborough last season as he tallied 13 points (3g-10a) in 62 games.  During his time with the Frontenacs and Petes, he totaled 34 points (7g, 27a) and 274 penalty minutes in 227 games.

 

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