Five Penguins Prospects That Could Transform the Pens’ Defense

January 8th, 2013 by Kevin Jameson Leave a reply »
The sportsbooks in Las Vegas have the Pittsburgh Penguins as the odds-on favorites to take home the 2012-2013 Stanley Cup at 8-to-1. Certainly a strong case can be made for the Pens as they enter the season with a (finally) healthy Sidney Crosby, defending Hart/Calder/Ted Lindsay winner Evgeni Malkin and sniper-in-the-making James Neal. With that said questions remain for the offense. 

Does Tyler Kennedy skate with Sidney Crosby on the top line or does head coach Dan Bylsma break up the Kunitz-Malkin-Neal juggernaut of last season in order to reunite Chris Kunitz with Pascal Dupuis and Crosby?

Where do Dustin Jeffrey and Eric Tangradi fit in with this team, if at all?

Are there any Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens that have a shot of cracking the top-12 in this organization?

Bylsma and company will be under the gun with only one week of training camp to assemble a roster before the season opens on January 19th and what to do up front undoubtedly will be examined at length. But as any Pens fan can tell you, scoring goals last season was not half as much a problem for the Pens as was preventing them.

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