Player News - Penguins

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Scott Wilson found the back of the net in Monday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Wilson was a regular in the Penguins lineup last season, but that didn't translate into fantasy success. The 25-year-old had eight goals and 26 points in 78 contests last season. He doesn't bring any fantasy value to the table this season.
Sep 25 - 10:05 PM

Sam Miletic has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Miletic notched 37 goals and 55 points in 65 games with the London Knights of the OHL last season. He has one goal in two preseason matches with the Penguins this year and he had two points in three Prospect Challenge contests. The undrafted forward will likely play with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL this campaign.
Sep 25 - 2:13 PM

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

Letang underwent surgery to repair a couple of herniated discs in his back 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

The Blues may have beat the Penguins 4-1 on Sunday night, but Matt Murray looked ready for regular season action.

Murray made 42 saves on 45 shots in the loss. The 23-year-old showed fantasy owners why he should be one of the top goalies on the market during draft season as he assumes the undisputed starting role for the Stanley Cup Champions. Last year, he went 32-10-4 with a .923 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average.
Sep 24 - 10:52 PM

Jake Guentzel scored a goal in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Sunday night.

Guentzel, 22, had 33 points in 40 games last season, which puts him on pace for more than 65 over a full season. If the Nebraska native stays healthy and sticks around in the Pens’ top six, there’s no reason to doubt his ability to produce an output in that ballpark.
Sep 24 - 10:40 PM

Ryan Reaves will play for the first time against his former St. Louis Blues teammates Sunday.

Reaves was dealt at the Draft for a first round pick that left many pundits shaking their heads. But tonight he will go full out against the Blues. "I'm not letting up for them," Reaves said. "I guess they can learn that in the preseason." Reaves should be good for five goals, 15 points and over 100 penalty minutes. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 24 - 10:23 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

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes that there's offensive upside to Olli Maatta's game.

The 23-year-old has never put up more than 29 points in his NHL career, but Sullivan believes he could contribute more offensively. "I think Olli’s always had an element of offense to his game," Sullivan said. "He sees the ice really well. He jumps into holes. He joins the rush. Olli’s a really smart player. I think his hockey sense is underrated. That’s one of the things that allows him to be as effective as he is. He has the ability to help us create offense from the back end. That’s so important to the type of game that we’re trying to play."
Sep 23 - 10:57 AM

Zach Aston-Reese scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Aston-Reese has been productive early in camp, as he also found the back of the net against Buffalo on Tuesday night. The 23-year-old is coming off a very impressive final season at Northeastern University that saw him score 31 goals and 63 points in 39 games. He also added three goals and eight points in his first take of professional hockey in the AHL last season. He's not a lock to make the team out of camp, but he definitely has some offensive ability.
Sep 22 - 9:56 PM

So far it's looking like Greg McKegg will earn a roster spot with the Penguins.

"I've been really impressed with Kegger," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think he's really made a positive impression on our coaching staff." Pittsburgh entered training camp with the third and fourth-line center spots open, which McKegg has used as motivation. If the 25-year-old forward does make the team though, he probably won't do much offensively in that bottom-six role. To be fair he has contributed offensively at the junior and AHL levels, but in the NHL he has five goals and nine points in 65 career contests.
Sep 22 - 11:05 AM

Adam Johnson scored a pair of goals in Pittsburgh's 6-5 win over Detroit on Wednesday.

Johnson inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins over the summer. He had 18 goals and 37 points in 42 games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2016-17. He's projected to start in the AHL, but there is still a chance that he makes the Penguins' opening game roster. "I think they like to play a fast game, and that's the way I play," Johnson said. "I think that's a big reason I'm kind of fitting in right now. I just hope to keep playing like I did tonight and keep it rolling."
Sep 21 - 11:00 AM

Jake Guentzel picked up a goal and four assists in Pittsburgh's 6-5 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

It's too bad that this was a preseason game because that would have been a night to remember for Guentzel. The 22-year-old only played in 40 games last season, but he managed to collect an impressive 33 points. His fantasy stock would get a significant boost if he suited up on a line with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Sep 20 - 10:08 PM

Tuesday's preseason contest was Antti Niemi's first with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Niemi turned aside 15 of 16 Sabres shots in the first period. "Well, he saw a lot of action early," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He made some big saves for us. I think sometimes as a goalie, coming to a new environment, maybe that’s a good thing. Because he really doesn’t have any opportunity to think about it much. He just has to go out there and trust his instincts and make the saves." Niemi is coming off a rough campaign with Dallas where he had a 3.30 GAA and .892 save percentage in 37 contests. He's expected to be Pittsburgh's backup goaltender behind Matt Murray.
Sep 20 - 5:26 AM

Zach Aston-Reese found the back of the net in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Aston-Reese's goal tied the game at one early in the second period. The 23-year-old completed his college career at Northeastern last season before making the jump to the AHL. He played 10 games with Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliate, and he picked up an impressive three goals and eight points during that span. He's far from a slam dunk to make the roster, but it's not impossible for him to play at least a portion of the season in Pittsburgh.
Sep 19 - 10:05 PM


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