Will Patric Hornqvist Be a Consistent Goal Scorer Alongside Evgeni Malkin?

October 3rd, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

After acquiring Patrick Hornqvist in a draft-day trade last June, the Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping that the winger will provide some greasy offense for the second line alongside his projected center, Evgeni Malkin.

When it comes to scoring, Hornqvist is all about going to the net, using his tenacity to make up for a shortage of top-end skill. "I wanted to play like Peter Forsberg when I grew up," he told Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as the Penguins' exhibition schedule wound to a close on Wednesday. "But I decided I couldn't."

"I’ve always liked to be in front of the net, start some scrums, try to find those loose pucks and screen the goalie," he said. "I’m not fancy … I don’t have those hands. I have to take it to the net to have a chance."

Two guys who do have "those hands" are a pair of Hornqvist's new teammates—Malkin and Sidney Crosby. According to Molinari, the only chance Hornqvist has ever had to play with centers close to the caliber of Pittsburgh's Hart Trophy tandem was during the 2014 Olympics, when h ...

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