Jake Guentzel, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ third round pick (77th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has arrived in Wilkes-Barre.
Guentzel, 21, recently completed his junior season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and signed an amateur tryout contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this morning.
In three collegiate seasons, the Woodbury, MN native posted 119 points (40+79) in 108 games to rank sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Guentzel, who skated alongside current Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Josh Archibald at Nebraska-Omaha, participated in his first practice with the team this morning, and met with the media afterward:
Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli is already familiar with Guentzel’s game, having worked with him as a youngster at USA Hockey development camps and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect camps. And he expects Guentzel to jump right into the Pens lineup when the team takes on the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre.
The Penguins currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a 38-21-4-1 record, good for 81 points.