Nick D’Agostino
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Nick D’Agostino

Hometown:

Mississauga Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (210th overall), 2008

Weight:

197 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Nick D’Agostino posted respectable numbers for St. Michaels of the OPJHL where he finished 13th on his team in scoring and appeared in 46 games. The 6’3 defenseman played on the power play, penalty kill, and in five-on-five situations for St. Michaels of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

2008-09: In his final season of OJHL play, he played in all situations, in the process managing 9 goals, 24 assists, and 34 penalty minutes in 43 games.

2009-10: As a freshman with Cornell, D’Agostino posted 4 goals and 14 assissts in 32 games, playing mostly as a 4th or 5th defenseman.

2010-11: D’Agostino saw his ice time climb in his sophomore season as well as a byproduct his statistics. He was more active in the offensive zone, and manned the point at times on the powerplay. In 32 games he managed 7 goals and 10 assists.

2011-12: D’Agostino was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Cornell in his junior season; due largely to his success on the Big Red power play. Playing in 34 of 35 games, he scored 8 goals (six on the power play) and had 12 assists and was plus-two with 24 penalty minutes. Cornell finished second in ECAC Hockey and won the third-place game against Colgate in the league tournament. The Big Red defeated Michigan in overtime in the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to national runner-up Ferris State.

2012-13: D’Agostino skated in 34 games for Cornell as a senior. Paired with freshman Reece Willcox (Philadelphia), he led Big Red defensemen with 6 goals and had 11 assists; finishing +2 with 30 penalty minutes. After finishing ninth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season, Cornell took league regular season champion Quinnipiac to double overtime in the decisive third game of their best-of-three quarterfinal series. D’Agostino signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Penguins in May of 2013.

2013-14: D’Agostino struggled to work his way into the lineup for Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his first pro season; skating in seven mid-season games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In 48 AHL regular season games he scored 1goal with 9 assists and was minus-4 with 15 penalty minutes.  The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the AHL Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season but D’Agostino did not skate in any playoff games. In seven games with the Nailers he had 3 assists and was minus-9 with no penalties. 

Talent Analysis

D’Agostino is a puck-moving defenseman with a long reach and accurate poke-check. The left-handed defender has a hard slap shot that consistently makes contact with the net. His defensive positioning is sound and he is an active defender that is good at picking angles and removing passing lanes. His overall skill level is limited compared to some of the other prospects in the Penguins organization but he is a very cerebral player.

Future

D’Agostino competed for the Penguins entry in the annual London rookie tournament and attended camp with Pittsburgh before being assigned to AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton to start the 2014-15 season. Caught in a logjam in a crowded defense corps he has been a healthy scratch at times and was briefly loaned to ECHL affiliate Wheeling in November. The December trade of Phillip Samuelsson has allowed D'Agostino to get in the lineup on a consistent basis but his long-term future is uncertain. In the second year of his original two-year entry level deal with Pittsburgh he is still working to establish himself at the pro level. His skill set suggests he can be a serviceable lower pairing defender and possible power play quarterback at the NHL level one day. He is equally likely to conclude his career playing at the minor league level or possibly heading to Europe.

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