Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 7

The Pens went 1-2 in what can easily be described as an ugly week of hockey.  Rankings were tough with team defense at a low point in the season.  Things to watch: Matt Cooke is trending up very strongly over the past 5 weeks.  Meanwhile, the bottom of the rankings are a little too consistent for Glass and Kennedy.  Take a look at the season rankings at CrosbyFTW.

Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Chris Kunitz (9) Quite possibly the only Penguin doing his job at 100% right now. He’s now 3rd in the scoring race. (4g, 2a, 9 shots, 7 hits)
2 Matt Cooke (7) Had a very strong week all over the ice and is coming around after a slow start. (2g, 11 shots, 7 hits, 4 blocks)
3 Sidney Crosby (3) Showed lapses on D and in passing, but the captain produces. Currently the #1 scorer in the NHL. (1g, 5a, 52/86 faceoffs)
4 Brandon Sutter (10) Defensively strong and now getting more shots off. Offense is picking up a little. (2g, 9 shots, 23/47 faceoffs, 5 hits)
5 Marc-Andre Fleury (2) Stats don’t do justice for Fleury’s week. Allowed 1 goal in Fla loss, got no help vs Car. (0-2, 3.39 GAA, .881 Save %)
6 Evgeni Malkin (INJ) Returns to the lineup tonight against Tampa Bay after recovering from a concussion. Stay away, Hedman. (Injured)
7 James Neal (6) Still playing big in the offensive zone, but is likely looking forward to Malkin’s return more than anyone. (1g, 2a, 12 shots, 8 hits)
8 Brooks Orpik (8) Played great until Martin was hurt, then ran into trouble. 2 good games outta 3 beats the rest of the D. (2a, 6 hits, 10 blocks)
9 Matt Niskanen (5) Has had some puck decision problems in the defensive zone lately but seems to improve as game goes on. (1a)
10 Simon Despres (17) Played well when in the lineup and should have an edge for the 6th defenseman spot by now. (1a)
11 Kris Letang (4) Seems lost and lacking confidence on the ice, but still dynamic enough to be productive in spite of it. (4a, 4 PIM, 5 hits, 5 blocks)
12 Deryk Engelland (13) Quietly doing his job and manages to not get caught on his mistakes. Description: Serviceable. (1a, 6 blocks)
13 Mark Eaton (NA) Made his debut on Saturday and helped out a perfect penalty killing effort. (No important stats)
14 Beau Bennett (12) Learning and growing each game. Showing better awareness than expected but is not up to NHL speed yet. (2a, 5 hits)
15 Pascal Dupuis (11) Great on the forecheck but showed some defensive lapses and struggled without Sid/Kunitz early in the week. (4 PIM, 8 hits)
16 Dustin Jeffrey (16) Slowly earning his spot in the lineup but absolutely abysmal in the faceoff circle. (1g, 10/31 faceoffs)
17 Craig Adams (18) Doesn’t score, provides energy, plays on the PK…the usual stuff for the Harvard guy. (6 hits)
18 Joe Vitale (14) A nice spark plug, but loses most of his value if he’s not winning faceoffs. (8/17 faceoffs)
19 Tomas Vokoun (21) Will the real Vokoun please stand up?  Can anyone even find him? Maybe he went with the D? (1-0, 6.68 GAA, .836 Save %)
20 Tanner Glass (15) No production, taking penalties, losing PK time. Glass is wearing out his welcome quickly. (6 PIM, 6 hits)
21 Tyler Kennedy (19) See Glass, except he never played on the PK. Can’t even stay consistent period to period anymore. (6 PIM)
22 Robert Bortuzzo (20) Had a horrendous game against Carolina and was scratched. He will need someone else to fail to get back in. (7 PIM)
INJ Paul Martin (1) Left the Carolina game early and remains day to day with a “lower body injury.” (1g)