What’s expected of a #210 overall pick?

With the second to last pick in the final round of the 2008 NHL entry draft, the Penguins may have found a diamond in the rough.

Nick D’Agostino, who is coming off of a staunch first season at Cornell, is earning some pre-season recognition along with the rest of his team.

The ECAC conducted pre-season polls among both coaching staff and media members and Cornell Red hockey is coming in ranked number two heading into the 10/11 season.

The defending ECAC champions are picked to finish behind Yale and ahead of Union in both of the polls.

The good news on D’Agostino is that the media also voted on their all ECAC team. The players selected were picked to have the most standout season in the collegiate conference.

Sophomore defenseman Nick D’Agostino was voted to the 6 man team with 11 votes in the process.

D’Agostino has proved to be nothing short of a solid asset since joining The Red and was able to make an immediate impact for the club as a freshman. He registered 4 goals and 14 assists in 32 games and only registered 6 PIM in the process.

As we mentioned before on this site, we’ve come to liken D’Agostino to a Mark Eaton style of defense. With a strong frame, D’Agostino has a cerebral game. He survey’s the ice well, takes smart care of his own zone, and also has a handy outlet pass and shot from the point. While he won’t be the next offensive powerhouse, his tools on the attack are sharp and useful.

The lesser known partner of the Devils #51 overall pick Brandon Burlon, D’Agostino has a few major points to his game that simply can’t be taught; he’s smart, he plays with a sense of finesse, and he’s responsible.

He may have been taken with the second-to-last pick in the draft, but it seems Ray Shero and staff knew what they had in store when they selected him at #210 overall.

We’ll continue to track D’Agostino’s progress as the year begins.