Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 11

The Pens added another 3-0 week to their record.  They also added Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, and Jarome Iginla.  The arms race is on though as Boston just added Jaromir Jagr to their lineup.  Who is going to step up for the Pens with Sidney Crosby out of the lineup?  The goalies of course.

Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Tomas Vokoun (5) Has played perfect hockey over the past week after coming in for an injured Fleury. (2-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Save%)
2 Marc-Andre Fleury (1) Only played 2 periods but was perfect nonetheless and came in playing well to begin with. Should be back in on Wed. (1-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Save %)
3 Brooks Orpik (6) Has really increased his physical game with no deteriment to his positioning. Clearing the puck very well too. (1a, 13 hits, 5 blocks)
4 Pascal Dupuis (8) Getting the puck on net more than anyone else lately and can do it with any set of linemates. (2g, 12 shots)
5 Matt Cooke (10) Penalty killing work has been phenomenal and was a spark plug in Saturday’s win. (1g, 6 hits)
6 Craig Adams (12) Also moving up this list because of incredible penalty killing work. Playing well at all three forward positions when necessary. (9/11 faceoffs, 7 hits, 5 blocks)
7 Evgeni Malkin (INJ) Started slow in his first game back but starting to look healthy again and will need to take the team over in Sid’s absence. (1g, 1a, 16/34 faceoffs)
8 Chris Kunitz (9) Had an up and down week, getting some points but also turning the puck over a lot and taking penalties. (1g, 2a, 5 hits)
9 Brandon Sutter (11) Fits into the typical 3rd line center role well as he wins lots of faceoffs and plays good D. Will need to do more now though. (40/59 faceoffs)
10 James Neal (13) Finally got back on the scoresheet and looks infinitely more comfortable when on Malkin’s wing. (1g, 1a)
11 Douglas Murray (NA) Showing better offensive prowess than anyone expected and is a boulder to deal with in the defensive zone. (1a, 7 hits)
12 Matt Niskanen (4) Played   well in the offensive zone but didn’t have his best week defensively. Might be trying to do a little too much with 58 and 7 out. (1a, 6 hits)
13 Mark Eaton (7) Had problems with quick Islanders and Jets teams but should settle back down against this week’s opponents (NYR, Buf). (4 blocks)
14 Tyler Kennedy (15) Faces a huge challenge as he centers 9 and 14 moving forward. Playing well defensively, but that won’t be enough anymore. (1a)
15 Brenden Morrow (NA) Had a quiet debut and lacks the speed to make a huge impact on end to end rushes. Needs to get to the front of the net. (3 hits)
16 Jarome Iginla (NA) Likely scarred for life in his debut as Crosby went down. Will get time to mesh with 71 and 18 now. (no notable stats)
17 Simon Despres (17) Will get more chances with 58 and 7 out and should take advantage of them after travelling between WBS and Pit over the past week. (3 hits)
18 Deryk Engelland (14) Found himself as the odd man out for a game and will be battling Despres and Eaton for a lineup spot when Letang returns soon. (1a, 5 hits)
19 Joe Vitale (18) Great when he’s in the lineup, but that isn’t often. Hard to rank him higher when he doesn’t get to play. (7/8 faceoffs)
20 Tanner Glass (20) Starting to see improvements in every facet of his game but is still teetering on the healthy scratch line. (6/8 faceoffs, 8 hits)
21 Dustin Jeffrey (19) Failed to take advantage of chances on the top lines and almost played himself out of the lineup until Crosby got hurt. (4/13 faceoffs)
22 Robert Bortuzzo (21) Will pretty much always be the odd man out on this defense barring even more injuries to the team. (Did not play)
INJ Sidney Crosby (2) Out indefinitely with a broken jaw. Has played so well he still might win the Hart. (1g, 2a, 12 shots, 19/40 faceoffs, 4 blocks)
INJ Paul Martin (3) Out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. Brutal end to the regular season for what could have been a darkhorse Norris campaign (1a, 4 blocks)
INJ Kris Letang (INJ) Out for another week or so with a new lower body injury as he deals with an injury plagued season.
WBS Beau Bennett (16) Sent back down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and will likely return when rosters expand after the trade deadline on April 3rd.