Penguins add Petry, Rutta, Smith to core group

After the NHL Draft, free company and different offseason strikes, is analyzing the place every crew stands in preparation for the 2022-23 common season, which begins Oct. 7. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins:

2021-22 season: 46-25-11, third in Metropolitan Division; misplaced within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Key arrivals

Jeff PetryD: The 34-year-old was acquired in a commerce with the Montreal Canadiens on July 16 for a defenseman Mike Matheson and a fourth-round choose within the 2023 NHL Draft. Petry had 27 factors (six targets, 21 assists) in 68 video games final season, 11 (two targets, 9 assists) in his closing 11 video games after coming back from a lower-body damage. … Ryan PoehlingF: The 23-year-old arrived within the Petry commerce after he had 17 factors (9 targets, eight assists) in 57 NHL video games final season and gives wanted depth to the underside six. … Jan RuttaD: The 32-year-old signed a three-year contract July 13. The two-time Stanley Cup champion for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2020, 2021) had 18 factors (three targets, 15 assists) in an NHL career-high 76 video games final season. … Ty SmithD: The 22-year-old was acquired with a third-round choose within the 2023 draft from the New Jersey Devils for defenseman John Marino on July 16. After scoring 20 factors (5 targets, 15 assists) in 66 video games final season, Smith may battle Pierre-Olivier Joseph for the ultimate spot on the left aspect.

Video: Brian Burke on the offseason for the Penguins

Key departures

Mike MathesonD: Had an NHL career-high 31 factors (11 targets, 20 assists) in 74 video games final season, second amongst Penguins defensemen behind Kris Letang (68 factors; 10 targets, 58 assists). Matheson led Pittsburgh on the place with six factors (one purpose, 5 assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff video games. … John MarinoD: Had 25 factors (one purpose, 24 assists) in 81 video games final season. Marino has scored 4 targets in 133 video games the previous two seasons however had chemistry on an everyday pair with Marcus Pettersson. … Brian BoyleF: Had 21 factors (11 targets, 10 assists) in 66 video games final season after signing knowledgeable tryout contract Sept. 3, 2021, and never taking part in in 2020-21. The 37-year-old stays an unrestricted free agent.

On the cusp

Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D: The 23-year-old, chosen by the Arizona Coyotes within the first spherical (No. 23) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has 5 factors (one purpose, 4 assists) in 20 video games for the Penguins. Joseph may stick on the NHL stage this season, partially tasked with changing the misplaced manufacturing of Matheson. … Kasper Bjorkqvist, F: The 25-year-old, chosen within the second spherical (No. 61) of the 2016 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut final season, scoring one purpose in six video games, and had 12 factors (eight targets, 4 assists) in 54 video games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League throughout his first full skilled season. … Valtteri Puustinen, F: The 23-year-old, a seventh-round choose (No. 203) within the 2019 NHL Draft, had an help in his NHL debut in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights on March 11. He had 42 factors (20 targets, 22 assists) in 73 AHL video games final season.

What they nonetheless want

The Penguins are content material returning an identical group, leaving few attainable strikes after signing Letang and forwards Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, Rickard Rakell, Kasperi Kapanen and Danton Heinen to new contracts. They will want to shed wage to turn into compliant with the NHL wage cap, presumably by making one other commerce.

They stated it

“When my agent talked about [Pittsburgh] to me, my eyes type of obtained massive since you take a look at what they’ve executed prior to now and the roster that they’ve, simply by speaking with some individuals, it is an awesome group, an awesome crew. Their want to win could be very obvious. That’s essentially the most thrilling factor for me is to be on a crew that is prepared and keen to win.” — defenseman Jeff Petry

Fantasy focus

Letang had an NHL profession excessive in factors and was tied for sixth within the NHL amongst defensemen. He additionally had the seventh-most pictures on purpose on the place (214) and was tied with Noah Dobson of the New York Islanders for eighth in power-play factors (22). Letang ought to be thought-about a high 60 general fantasy participant and high 10 defenseman possibility after re-signing with the Penguins to hold their three-time Stanley Cup championship core with him and elite facilities Sidney Crosby and Malkin intact. He may additionally profit from having extra assist round him after Pittsburgh acquired Petry, who has renewed fantasy enchantment. Petry had 4 straight 40-point seasons for the Canadiens from 2017-18 to 2020-21. — Anna Dua

Projected lineup

Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker — Evgeni Malkin — Rickard Rakell

Danton Heinen — Jeff Carter — Kasperi Kapanen

Ryan Poehling — Teddy BluegerBrock McGinn

Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson – Jeff Petry

Ty Smith – Jan Rutta

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

Injured: Drake Caggiula


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