Guentzel Shines with 2-goal Debut
Jake Guentzel started off his NHL career with a “bang” last night.
Guentzel, the 22-year old rookie forward scored two goals in his debut against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. The Penguins would end up losing 2-5, making Guentzel’s goals for Pittsburgh their only two on the night.
Both of Guentzel’s goals came in the first period. In fact, his first goal was only 1:02 minutes into the game, one that he scored off a pass from Phil Kessel and shot below under the leg of Henrik Lundqvist to just trickle in. His parents were just a little excited, to say the least:
His second goal would come roughly 12 minutes later, one that was scored on a backhand shot after picking up a tip from Evgeni Malkin off a pass from Kessel.
The Penguins keep on finding ways to get legitimate NHL talent despite not having a top-10 pick since 2012 when they selected Derrick Pouliot 8th overall from the Portland Winterhawks out of the WHL. It was the main piece coming back in the trade that sent Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jake Guentzel is just another reason why the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to be one of the legitimate franchises of the NHL.