Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 10

Published on March 25th, 2013

It was yet another perfect week as the Pens went 3-0 with wins over the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers.  The big news though is the recent acquisitions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.  They will make their debuts on here in Week 11 and Trevor Smith was left off since he was 1 and done on this team.  Your star of the week?  Marc-Andre Fleury. Again.  Things are getting difficult as almost every player is finding a way to contribute now.

Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Marc-Andre Fleury (1) First time this season – someone is keeping the #1 spot. Fleury has been lights out in net and didn’t allow an even strength goal. (2-0, 0.98 GAA, .965 Save %)
2 Sidney Crosby (4) He’s forcing things a little, but the offense still runs through him completely. Hello Hart Trophy. (1g, 4a, 12 shots, 36/64 faceoffs)
3 Paul Martin (6) Is it time to start talking about Paul Martin in contention for the Norris Trophy? He lessens the blow of Letang’s absence big time. (1g, 1a, 7 blocks)
4 Matt Niskanen (15) Has elevated his game in all facets over the past week, especially helping in the offensive zone. (1g, 1a, 11 shots)
5 Tomas Vokoun (5) Received little to no help in his only start and shrugged it off for a very strong performance. (1-0, 2.01 GAA, .943 Save %)
6 Brooks Orpik (8) After a midseason slump, has really turned his game around with sound positioning and a bigger crease presence. (12 hits, 5 blocks)
7 Mark Eaton (9) Playing heavy minutes (20+) recently and providing steady and dependable defense. Maybe the ultimate steal of a transaction this year. (6 blocks)
8 Pascal Dupuis (2) Numbers are a bit misleading (too favorable) but he’s doing all of the little things right for the first line. (1g, 2a, 13 shots, 8 hits)
9 Chris Kunitz (3) Has quieted down on offense and actually had a bad game for the first time all season. (1g, 6 hits)
10 Matt Cooke (16) Hitting game has skyrocketed and he has shown some great patience with the puck in setting up linemates for chances. (2a, 13 hits)
11 Brandon Sutter (7) Clutch in 3rd periods but seems to be getting off to slower starts lately. (1g, 25/50 faceoffs)
12 Craig Adams (13) Forechecking and penalty kill efforts have improved drastically. The Pens are also taking fewer penalties though. (1a, 5 hits)
13 James Neal (12) Playing well but has no time or space without Malkin. Started creating room for Jeffrey though. (1a)
14 Deryk Engelland (18) Has been playing very dependable hockey and has shown strong puck movement recently. (6 hits, 9 blocks)
15 Tyler Kennedy (11) Seems to be improving defensively every week and added a clutch goal against Philly.(1g)
16 Beau Bennett (10) Has added a nice dimension on the powerplay but was been very quiet at even strength and looks to be tiring out a little. (2a, 5 hits)
17 Simon Despres (17) Seems to either play phenemonal or awful games. Needs to be a little more careful with the puck. (1a, 6 hits, 7 blocks)
18 Joe Vitale (19) Scored on a snipe against the Islanders but isn’t getting it done in the faceoff circle and isn’t playing a whole lot every night. (1g, 6/14 faceoffs, 5 hits)
19 Dustin Jeffrey (14) Getting crushed in faceoffs and is missing on way too many chances. Will be fighting Vitale for who keeps their lineup spot. (13/31 faceoffs)
20 Tanner Glass (20) Has been plugging along as a typical 4th liner, not adding or subtracting anything.  Great team around him makes it look worse than it is. (5 hits)
21 Robert Bortuzzo (21) Bortuzzo’s is pretty much a spectator on this team for the rest of the season. (Did not play)
INJ Kris Letang (INJ) Day to day with a lower body injury. May return this week. (Did Not Play)
INJ Evgeni Malkin (INJ) Day to day with a shoulder injury. May return this week. (Did Not Play)

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