It has been a whirlwind 96 hours for Kenny Agostino, from the conclusion to his NCAA career with the Yale Bulldogs, to a morning game-day skate with the Calgary Flames. “Things have moved pretty quickly,” said Agostino, who prefers to go by Kenny around his teammates. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ fifth-round draft pick in 2010 (140th overall) was a part of the 2013 Jarome Iginla trade, coming to the Flames, along with Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick (which turned out to be Morgan Klimchuk). It can be a big deal being part of the compensation coming back in return for a franchise icon, but Agostino doesn’t feel any extra pressure. “It’s an honour to be part of a trade of that magnitude,” he said. “I can’t say enough of how excited I am. I haven’t had a chance to keep track of my phone, but it has blown up since I signed,” he added, alluding to his two-year, two-way deal worth $900,000 US. Flames head coach Bob Hartley has said the 21-year-old 6-foot-1 210-pound winger will make his debut on Friday when the Flames host the Nashville Predators, wearing No. 51. “He’s (Kenny) had a long few days of travelling, so I think it would’ve been counter-productive to play him tonight,” Hartley said prior to Tuesday’s home date vs. Buffalo. Since Agostino hasn’t played in Hartley’s system, the coaching staff is going to sit down with him and integrate him to the Flames’ style.
Flames’ Agostino enjoying whirlwind ride from NCAA to NHL
Calgary Herald | Mar 19