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 won that award. Agostino was chosen in the fifth round (140th overall) in 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.
2013-14: Agostino signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Flames in March 2014 following his senior season at Yale and made his NHL debut on March 21st in a game against Nashville. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 while averaging 11:05 minutes of ice time in eight NHL games. Agostino was Yale’s second-leading scorer behind fellow senior Jesse Root in his final season of college hockey. Tied with Root for the team lead with 14 goals, he had 18 assists and was +13 with 46 penalty minutes. Yale, the defending national champions, finished sixth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and was swept by Quinnipiac in two games in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.
2014-15: Agostino was the leading scorer for Calgary AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. After starting the year in a lower line role and getting off to a slow start, Agostino took advantage of his opportunities when trades and injuries placed him on the Flames’ top line with Bill Arnold and Emile Poirier. Agostino scored 15 goals with 28 assists in 67 games, finishing +1 with 52 penalty minutes. Adirondack finished fourth in the North Division, missing the AHL playoffs.
Agostino is an offensively-inclined forward who posted gaudy numbers at the high school level and was a consistent scorer in college. 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 challenge for a lower line role with the Flames in his second training camp with Calgary. Barring any surprises, he will start the 2015-16 season with new AHL affiliate Stockton. The Thunder are one of five California-based teams in the league's Pacific Division, which should make things easier for the Western Conference teams in terms of keeping track of their prospects and making recalls if necessary. Long-range Agostino is not likely to match the scoring numbers of his high school and college days but his combative style suggests he can be an effective two-way forward at the NHL level one day.