Feature Friday: Chuck Kobasew

By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)

 

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Chuck Kobasew.

 

This 6-foot, 192-pound forward has played with his fair share of NHL teams, and he was eventually signed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins after being on a professional tryout contract, earning his spot. Chuck Kobasew was originally drafted in the first round, 14th overall, by the Calgary Flames in 2001.

He’s also been seen on the rosters of the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Throughout his NHL experience prior to joining Pittsburgh, Kobasew tallied 208 points within 568 regular season games. In his best season(s) to date, he passed his 20-goal mark with Boston in the 2007-08 and ’08-09 campaigns.

Although injured on and off throughout this season, Kobasew was given a first-line opportunity once Pascal Dupuis went down indefinitely with an ACL injury. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have been given other options as well, such as Jayson Megna and Brian Gibbons. Of the three, Gibbons and Megna are clearly better candidates for being paired with the Crosby and Kunitz tandem. Megna has the net presence, speed and the ability to find open space, which is where Kobasew lacks. He looked to be promising and possibly even consistent in the beginning of the season.

He hasn’t registered a point since the second game of the season, which is a major step down from the Kobasew that was seen during the preseason. He’s spent most of this season on the back burner, but of the 30 games he’s been a part of, he’s been unremarkable. Without being capable of maintaining a steady contribution to the team, it would be surprising to see Kobasew return in a black and gold sweater at the start of the 2014-2015 season.