Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang Has Some Big Skates To Fill

August 9th, 2010 by Don Andrascik Leave a reply »
Sergei Gonchar changed destinations this off-season and left quite the void to fill in the Pens’ offensive-defenseman department.  Gonchar, who played 5 seasons with the Pens, managed to put up 259 points (54-205—259) in 322 games.

Those are the type of statistics you would expect from a future hall of fame defenseman.

He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest offensive-defensemen to ever play the game.  So, filling the void he left behind will not be an easy task.  The most likely candidate at being Gonchar’s replacement would be Kris Letang.

Letang has three seasons of NHL experience and a Stanley Cup under his belt.  He has put up 79 points (21-58—79) in 217 games.   Letang had one more point than Gonchar did in his first three seasons, but also played in 51 more games.

So what does that tell us then? 

Well, it shows that Letang obviously has the skill set to produce on the Pens blue line.  The question is whether or not he’s ready to step up his game and become what Pens management has envisioned him to be.

He has all the skills ...

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