Pittsburgh Penguins Preview: Do Crosby and Malkin Have Enough Scoring Help?

September 20th, 2010 by Phil Dillon Leave a reply »
Do the Pittsburgh Penguins have too many muckers and grinders and not enough scoring power?  Only three players on the current Penguins roster topped the 20 goal mark last season.  All three of those players were centers and one of them, Jordan Staal, will miss significant time at the beginning of the season due to a foot injury. 

The only Pens winger to top 20 goals last season was Bill Guerin and he is now with the arch-rival Philadelphia Flyers.

In no particular order, it looks like the top 14 forwards going into the season are Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Craig Adams, Arron Asham, Mike Comrie, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, Mike Rupp, Max Talbot, Eric Godard, and Eric Tangradi. 

Only 12 of them will be in the starting lineup when the Pens open the season against the Flyers, but with Staal out and Godard only playing when a true enforcer is needed, it leaves the door open for Tangradi to make the team out of camp.

Where will the secondary scoring come from?  Craig Adams didn’t score a regular season goal last year and Tyler Kennedy looked like a right-handed Rico Fata.& ...

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