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Kris Letang | Defenseman | #58

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 201
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (62) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Kris Letang scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday night in Washington as the Penguins defeated the Capitals 3-2.
Letang’s goal, a power play marker five minutes into the game, was the defenseman’s first of the season and his first since February 4th. He led all skaters in ice time with 27:09 and seems to be in top shape coming off neck surgery that ended last year’s season prematurely. While this was his first point of the season, he is featured on the Penguins’ top power play unit and should earn his fair share of points. Aside from his frequent injury woes throughout the years, the 30 year-old is worth the gamble in fantasy leagues, as when healthy, he is among the best defensemen in the NHL. Oct 11 - 10:24 PM

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The Penguins changed up their power-play units a bit ahead of Saturday night's contest against Nashville.

Kris Letang will play the point on the first unit with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel, while Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin will play the points on the second unit with Gregg McKegg, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary. Adjust your rosters accordingly.
Oct 7 - 11:30 AM

Kris Letang logged a team-high 26:05 minutes in the Penguins' season opener.

Letang had a minus-two rating in a 5-4 overtime loss to St. Louis, but the main thing is that the Penguins were able to heavily use him in all situations. Letang didn't play past Feb. 21 last season due to a herniated disc in his neck that led to surgery. Unfortunately he has a lengthy injury history, but he's one of the league's top defensemen when healthy.
Oct 5 - 10:55 AM

Kris Letang is excited and ready for the start of the regular season.

Letang missed the end of last season and all of the playoffs as he required surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. But returned to action last week and is raring to go for the start of the regular season. "We’re thrilled for Kris, first and foremost," Sullivan said. "He loves to play, he loves the game, he’s so passionate about playing hockey. To see him on the ice for us is a great thrill. For me personally, it’s a great thrill because I know how hard he’s worked to this point." Letang will not play a full season (he hasn't since 2010-11) as he has missed at least 11 games in each of the seasons since but he should get close to a point a game in the 65-70 he will likely play.
Oct 2 - 9:25 AM

Kris Letang played on Sunday for the first time in six months.

Letang underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck and while it took a few shifts, he was comfortable on the blueline. Letang had regular duty in five-on-five play, the power play as well as killing penalties. "The physical play, obviously, is a big factor," Letang said. "Just the speed of the game. Everything is kind of structured in practice. You know what to do, you know the drills. Out there, there's a million things that happened that are not scripted. It's just being able to adjust, get a feel for the ice, get in good position." Letang is close to a point-per-game player, the problem the last five seasons has been his propensity for injury. Look for Letang to play 55-70 games this season and get 50-65 points.
Sep 25 - 10:08 AM

Kris Letang was named an alternate captain with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Letang takes over from the departed Chris Kunitz. The 30-year-old defenseman has battled injury woes over the last few seasons and will make his preseason debut on Sunday. He is one of the best blueliners in the NHL but his injury history makes him a high-risk, high reward player. Look for Letang to average close to a point-per-game but the question will be: Does he play 75-80 games or 50-60?
Sep 24 - 10:19 AM

Kris Letang is slated to play in his first pre-season game Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.

Letang hasn't appeared in a NHL game since February 21st due to a neck injury. At the top of his game, Letang is one of the best defensemen in the NHL. However, he has struggled to remain healthy over the course of the last few seasons. If his health is in order, he will likely return to the top of the scoring charts amongst defensemen.
Sep 23 - 2:46 PM

Kris Letang (neck) took part in Saturday's team scrimmage and that involved taking contact.

That was the first game-like situation that Letang has taken part in since undergoing neck surgery. His last NHL game was on Feb. 21. "It allows him to get into some of the belligerence of the game, the pushing and shoving, the body checks, the tight-area battles and the timing," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "When a player misses as much time Tanger as missed and you go back to a game scenario, it seems like the game is going on 100 mph around you. As you start to get more acclimated to game scenarios, the game slows down for you." Unfortunately injuries have been a recurring problem for Letang over the course of his career, but he's one of the NHL's top offensive defensemen when healthy.
Sep 17 - 10:37 AM

Kris Letang (neck) is fully healthy going into training camp, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

"Letang is healthy now and he makes up for a lot, even with the loss of [Trevor] Daley and [Ron] Hainsey. I would expect a regular workload and I'm sure that's what he expects," Rutherford said. "He wants to play 40 minutes a game, but I think the coaches will just take it a day or a week or a game at a time and see where it goes. I would suspect that he would probably ease his way into the preseason and then go from there." Letang is one of the top offensive defensemen in the game right now, but he comes with a lot of injury risk.
Sep 10 - 12:31 PM

Kris Letang (neck) expects to be ready for the 2017-18 season.

Letang has had plenty of time to recover from surgery back in April for a herniated disc in his neck. "It's been pretty good and we're on a path of starting training camp and being fully healthy," he said. Letang was seen recently working on his footwork with former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, as he prepares for the upcoming season. The 30-year-old isn't a stranger to injuries, but when he is healthy Letang is one of the best offensive rearguards in the league.
Jul 27 - 7:39 PM

Coach Mike Sullivan said that "there is zero chance" that Kris Letang comes back before the end of the Stanley Cup Final.

There were some murmurs that Letang may return if the series went six or seven games, but Sullivan has seemingly put an end to that. The Penguins defender hasn't play since Feb. 21 and had neck surgery for a herniated disc in early April.
Jun 6 - 3:13 PM

Kris Letang (neck) expects to get back on the ice soon.

"The recovery is going really well," said Letang, who had the surgery April 13 and was given a four-to-six month recovery. "I've been starting to work out, doing a lot of things off the ice, so everything is good. I wore my skates a couple of times. I have a couple more weeks before [my] next appointment. Then I'll be cleared for everything." He could be ready for training camp, but won't play in the Stanley Cup Final. Letang has been helping the team off the ice during the postseason.
May 31 - 8:55 AM

Injured Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been helping the team by making adjustments to the team's power play.

He has been watching Pittsburgh's defensemen and suggesting tweaks. Letang hasn't been on the ice during the postseason after he had neck surgery for a herniated disc, but he has been a positive influence.
May 29 - 4:13 PM

Kris Letang's neck surgery for a herniated disc was successful.

Letang had the surgery this week. As previously reported, Letang will need four-to-six months to recover so he won't be an option at any point during the 2017 playoffs.
Apr 13 - 12:44 PM

Though Kris Letang (neck) won't be available to play for the Penguins during the playoffs, coach Mike Sullivan still plans to have him help out in other ways.

"His first priority is his own recovery," Sullivan said. "But we'll have him around the team as much as we can. He's another set of eyes for our coaching staff. I think his teammates have so much respect for him, and I'm sure he can lend some insights into watching the game from the press box." Losing Letang for the playoffs is a huge blow to the Penguins, but at least in this way he can still provide some support for his teammates. Even with him sidelined the Penguins have a great team that might go far in the postseason.
Apr 6 - 10:57 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Greg McKegg
4Carter Rowney
5Riley Sheahan
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Ryan Reaves
5Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Chad Ruhwedel
7Matt Hunwick
8Zach Trotman
G1Matt Murray
2Casey DeSmith