Finally, it is a Penguins gameday. That means we can put those Malkin trade proposals back into a dark closet where they belong and focus on two really fun teams to watch.
The Dallas Stars come into town and with them comes some of the most talented offensive players in the NHL. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are in the discussion for best one two punch in the entire NHL.
While Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky have hands for days.
The Penguins will catch a break this evening as Valeri Nichushkin will not be in the lineup, so there is one less skilled player to worry about if you are Mike Johnston.
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn may have started the season off slow, but they certainly found their groove against Columbus the other night. Tyler Seguin had a hat trick and Jamie Benn “chipped in” with one goal and three assists.
Here is a sample size of their work
Seguin is known for his great wrist shot and speed, but he is pretty crafty by the net as well. Benn has some pretty nice vision on display here too
These guys are good.
On opening day I spoke about Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry being the two best players in the NHL at producing at even strength, well Jamie Benn is ranked 3rd with 2.93 points/60 and Tyler Seguin is ranked 6th with 2.77 points/60. That is tremendous.
As for the Penguins side of things not much has changed. Evgeni Malkin will continue to play wing with Brandon Sutter, at least for the next two games.
It appears Rob Scuderi will remain in the lineup with his partner Simon Despres
The amazing line of Kunitz-Crosby-Hornqvist will stay together.
The power play units remain unchanged as well.
Some interesting tidbits that I heard the past few days about potential trades. Both Josh Yohe and Darren Dreger have said that the Penguins are looking for a top 6 winger to play with Evgeni Malkin. This is something that will happen. The only questions that remains are when and who? By acquiring a top six winger the Penguins will have either Beau Bennett or Pascal Dupuis on their third line, not bad.
As far as who could be traded away, a lot of that depends on what the young defensemen are capable of. If guys like Harrington, Despres, and Pouliot show the brass they can handle things, Paul Martin is a guy who could be in play. Trusted sources such as Mike Colligan have mentioned that it is likely that Martin gets moved.
By playing well the young defensemen might be putting themselves on the trade block.
There is also the Sutter/Goc dynamic. Having two capable third line centers is a luxury that gives the Penguins potential wiggle room for a trade.
One thing I am certain of is that this Penguins roster will be one of the strongest ones they have had entering the playoffs in some time. That is pretty exciting.
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