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Penguins ink Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell

Apr 14, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

Eric Hartzell #33 of the Quinnipiac Bobcats protects the net against the St. Cloud State Huskies during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Quinnipiac defeated St. Cloud State 4-1.
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Just in case the Pittsburgh Penguins need more goaltending depth, they now have college standout Eric Hartzell at their disposal.

Hartzell is coming off an amazing season with Quinnipiac University where he guided his team to its first Frozen Four appearance, although the Yale Bulldogs ultimately upset Quinnipiac in the finals.

The 23-year-old netminder was a Hobey Baker Award finalist, part of the NCAA First-Team All-American, and the ECAC Player of the Year. He posted a 1.57 GAA and .933 save percentage in 42 NCAA games this season.

Hartzell finished his NCAA career with a 58-27-17 record, 1.96 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 106 contests.

The Penguins announced that his entry-level contract only runs through what’s left of the 2013 campaign, so it won’t be long before he’s looking for a new deal.

  1. agc99 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Shero strikes again.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Signing a college goalie makes you a good GM?

      • jpelle82 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        not normally but winning a bidding war against your hated rival does…

      • orangandblack - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        jpelle….well played sir

  2. penguins2946 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Can someone give a scouting report on this kid, such as pro comparison or best case scenario?

  3. stakex - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    He had a really good year, but when it comes to goalies its very hard to tell how they will handle the jump to the NHL level. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Pens try to keep him long term after the season, if they like what they see.

    After all, Fleury only has a couple years left on his deal… and his play has been very middle of the road over the years. He looks great a times, and simply awful at times. If not for having the most offensive support of any other goalie in the league, he’d probably have been out of a job a long time ago. If the Pens can find something better over the next couple years, expect them to jump on it.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Your thoughts on fleury are all wrong. Team has named him team MVP even after he’s won his cup, on a team loaded with all star talent. He makes the big save when he has to and has been tops in the league in wins for a couple seasons now. If you watch every game he plays you would understand that he’s not a liability back there he’s a asset.

      • myspaceyourface - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        What was Fleury last year in the playoffs against Philly? I liability or an asset?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        The whole team was a liability. Try again. Not to mention he played most of the games in the regular season and was overworked come playoffs. That year he was named team MVP and led the league in wins sooo….

    • steelcityfinest13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      You bash the flower like that! Sheeesh thats all wrong!

  4. mendenhallfumblemachine - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Hes a college player agc, not like he just picked up Henrik Lundqvist straight from university on an entry level. Looks like he may be a decent player, but come on, make it sound like he just drafted Sid agian.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      You’re right. Henrik was picked with the 205th overall draft pick and didn’t make his debut in the NHL for 5 years, at age 23 – stellar comparision there, bud.

      Vancouver and Philly were also in the mix to sign him, considering that college UFA’s get entry level max, money wasn’t issue – he picked Pittsburgh over the other teams.

      • crosberries - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:42 AM


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