Pens 7/7 Collaboration: Day 2

We here at “Let’s Talk Pens” have the honor of hosting the “Pens 7/7 Collaboration” on day’s 2 and 5 of this collaboration. Today, Pens Army, Puck Sniper and I talk about the surprises and disappointments of the season. @PuckSniper_3 SURPRISE: Olli Maatta Olli Maatta has had clear potential for quite a while, so he’s not necessarily a surprise for the Penguins because no one … Continue reading Pens 7/7 Collaboration: Day 2

RFA LD Andrey Pedan signs with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)

Another RFA defenseman for the Penguins has signed in Europe. After weeks of speculation and questionable reports, has reported that Andrey Pedan, who spent all year with WBS Penguins, has signed for reigning KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan. The hulking Lithuanian was acquired just before the first day of the NHL season in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks alongside a 4th round pick … Continue reading RFA LD Andrey Pedan signs with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)

Penguins not signing 2016 3rd round pick Connor Hall

According to Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive, the Penguins will not be offering an entry level contract to 2016 3rd round (77th overall) pick Connor Hall. If you have kept up with Hall’s development, this is not a surprising turn of events. Drafted after only playing half a season for Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, Hall only managed to appear in 17 games in 2016-17 due to … Continue reading Penguins not signing 2016 3rd round pick Connor Hall

Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Regular Season Stats: 82 GP, 22 G, 26 A, 48 PTS, -9 Postseason Stats: 12 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 PTS, +10 Defining Moment This one seems to be a pretty easy one for the youngster, right? The game six clincher against the Philadelphia Flyers was the defining moment for Guentzel in this season’s chase for a three-peat. Jake Guentzel had been very inconsistent on the season … Continue reading Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Player Grades: Brian Dumoulin

Regular Season Statline: 80 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 PTS, -5 Postseason Statline: 12 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 PTS, +3 Defining Moment: Spending all of 2018 with Letang For me, it’s tough to pinpoint that single defining moment for defenseman Brian Dumoulin this past season and that is actually a good thing. Dumoulin has emerged as one of the better defensive defensemen in hockey but … Continue reading Player Grades: Brian Dumoulin

Player grades: Casey DeSmith

Regular Season Stats: 14 GP, 6-4-1, 2.40 GAA, .921 SV%, 1 SO Postseason Stats: Did not play. Defining Moment: 2016-17′ AHL Playoffs Yes, I understand that this moment is from the previous playoff season but it is pretty symbolic of a trend that has continued into this season. Casey DeSmith has outplayed his counterpart, Tristan Jarry, at each level of the Penguins’ ranks. Jarry began the 2016-17′ season as … Continue reading Player grades: Casey DeSmith

Player grades: Sidney Crosby

Regular Season: 82 GP, 29 G, 60 A, 89 PTS Post-Season: 12 GP, 9 G, 12 A, 21 PTS Defining Moment: April 11th, 2018 After a subpar season to Sidney Crosby’s lofty standards, he didn’t take much time to show the impact he would make on the 2018 playoffs. Shift after shift, the Crosby line dominated in the Flyers’ zone and eventually lead toBryan Rust scoring the … Continue reading Player grades: Sidney Crosby