The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Bryan Rust to a two-year NHL entry-level contract. He was selected by the Penguins in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Rust played for Team USA during their inaugural season in the USHL (2009-10). He was one of the top scorers for the Under-18 squad with 23 points (10g, 13a) in 27 USHL contests. Four of his goals were game-winners and he also posted a plus-15 rating. The Michigan native closed out his USHL career by putting up 14 points (4g, 10a) over his final eight games.
He also helped Team USA capture a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, putting up eight points (4g, 4a) in seven tournament games. That summer, he was selected by the Penguins in the third round (80th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
The 21-year-old recently completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame. He was second on the team in scoring this season with 33 points (17g, 16a) in 40 games and helped the Fighting Irish qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Over 161 career games at the school, he accumulated 97 points (43g, 54a).
Rust will now join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to begin his professional career.
USHL stats – Bryan Rust
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