2009-10: Ken Agostino played for Delbarton School in New Jersey, in the New York metro area. In his senior year, Agostino scored 50 goals and added 33 assists for 83 points. He finished his high school career with 261 points, making him the all-time leading scorer in that school’s history. Agostino was named the Star-Ledger’s 2010 Player of the Year, the third consecutive year he has won that award. Agostino was chosen in the fifth round, 140th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2010-11: In his freshman season at Yale, Agostino managed 11 goals and 14 assists in 31 games. He started the season playing in the bottom six but gradually worked his way into the top-six.
2011-12: Agostino had a breakout season as a sophomore at Yale. The Eli’s third-leading scorer, he had 14 goals with 20 assists and was plus-ten with 32 penalty minutes. Yale slipped to the middle of the pack in the ECAC Hockey League. finishing sixth after reaching the NCAA tournament in 2010-11, and lost to Harvard in a three-game, season-ending conference quarterfinal series.
2012-13: Agostino was the second-leading scorer for Yale in his junior season as the Bulldogs won the first national title in school history. Skating on Yale’s top line with senior Andrew Miller (Edmonton) and junior Jesse Root, he provided both offense and combativeness. Agostino scored 17 goals and led Yale with 24 assists and was +9 with 32 penalty minutes in 37 games. Yale finished third in ECAC Hockey in the regular season but received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite back-to-back shutout losses in the ECAC Hockey semifinals and third place game. The Bulldogs swept WCHA opponents Minnesota and North Dakota in the West Regional. After a 3-2 overtime win over Hockey East champion Massachusetts-Lowell, Yale shutout ECAC Hockey regular season champion Quinnipiac, 4-0, in the Frozen Four final. The Flames acquired the rights to Agostino from Pittsburgh in March, 2013 as part of the Jarome Iginla trade.
Offensively Agostino posted gaudy numbers at the high school level and while that offense clearly is still there at the collegiate level, his compete level and willingness to play in the dirty areas of the ice are his greatest virtues. He is a solid north-south skater, and while not overly big, he is strong on his skates and not afraid to play a physical brand of hockey.
Agostino will return for his final season at Yale in 2013-14. He will have an opportunity to compete for a second NCAA Championship, while preparing for the next stage of his career after graduating. The New Jersey native has the offensive upside that can produce more than a point per game average. If Agostino can continue his offensive production this season, the forward will improve his chances to stand-out amongst other prospects in the Flames organization. Calgary will monitor Agostino’s progress this season and will be evaluated in the upcoming off-season to determine the future of the forward.