Pittsburgh Penguins Team Update 11/20/12
This week’s League it to Us Power Ranking: 4th in the NHL, 2nd in the Eastern Conference, 2nd in the Atlantic Division.
5 Points of the Week
1. Malkin continues chase of Radulov in KHL
Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and two assists in a 5-3 victory over Barys in the KHL action Sunday. Malkin now stands third in KHL scoring with 31 points in 21 games and he now trails league leader Alexander Radulov by a mere four points. We can certainly put to rest any doubt about whether Geno has played himself into game shape while in Russia.
2. Eric Tangradi nets hat trick in win
Eric Tangradi recorded a hat trick in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 3-1 win over Bridgeport on Friday night. Many thought Tangradi had a good chance to play on Sidney Crosby’s wing this year. Of course, that’s been put on hold for now. With nine goals, Tangradi hasn’t done much else to create offense (no assists), but he’s still hinting at what could make him dangerous if he does indeed end up playing with Crosby.
3. Brooks Orpik spends lockout in Boston
Brooks Orpik has been working out in Boston during the lockout. “That’s one of the good things about the area,” he said. “There’s so many guys, whether they play for the Bruins or a handful of other guys from this area or guys [like me] who settled down here through college or relationships or whatnot. It really is a good group.”
4. Beau Bennett shows off scoring touch
Beau Bennett scored both goals in Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s 2-1 win against Springfield last Wednesday night. For all the talent Bennett possesses, he really hasn’t shown it off fully in the AHL just yet. The goals were just his second and third of the season, he also has eight assists on the year. The 21-year-old figures to have enough time to find his stride and should be about a year away from seriously battling for a spot on the Penguins’ roster.
5. Dustin Jeffrey leads EBEL club to 5-4 SO win
Dustin Jeffrey potted two goals and scored the winner in the shootout to give Medvescak Zagreb a 5-4 win over Klagenfurt on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh forward has put up eight goals and 10 assists in 13 games in Austria during the lockout.
Overseas Player Stats
Evgeni Malkin – Magnitogorsk Metallurg – KHL – 10G, 21A, 31PTS in 21GP, 24PIM, +2
Deryk Engelland – Norway – Rosenborg IHK Elite – yet to play
Dustin Jeffrey – Austria – Medvescak Zagreb – 6G, 10A, 16PTS in 12GP, 18PIM, +5
Top 5 Prospects
1. Joe Morrow – CHL -Portland Winterhawks – D
1g, 2a, 3pts in 12gp, 22pim, -4
2. Simon Despres – AHL – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – D
0g, 2a, 2pts in 15gp, 21pim, +/– 0
3. Derrick Pouliot – CHL – Portland Winterhawks – D
5g, 16a, 21pts in 22gp, 23pim, +12
4. Beau Bennett – AHL – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – RW
3g, 8a, 11pts in 15gp, 6pim, -1
5. Olli Maatta – CHL – London Knights – D
3g, 18a, 21pts in 23gp, 18pim, +3
Who To Watch
Brian Dumoulin – AHL – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – D
0g, 5a, 5pts in 14gp, 6pim, -4