Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 14

The Pens looked good against two playoff teams last week, beating Montreal and Boston.  The new additions are on fire and Ray Shero looks like a genius while half of his original roster appears to be out with injuries.  Here are the power rankings for the final week of the season:

Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Brenden Morrow (2) Has found his niche with the Pens as a Gary Roberts replacement that fans  love. Hitting, scoring, fighting, he’s doing it all. (2g, 1a, 6 hits)
2 Jussi Jokinen (4) Following in Morrow’s footsteps of scoring and getting under the opponent’s skin. Easily the most versatile player on the team. (1g, 2a, 12/29 faceoffs)
3 Jarome Iginla (6) Acted as the ultimate villain against Boston and it looks like he’s just warming up before the playoffs. Has also brought life to the PP. (2g, 1a)
4 Tomas Vokoun (22) Was brilliant in his start against Boston and really held down the fort while the team started slow. Will get 1 more start this year. (1-0, 2.00 GAA, .950 Save%)
5 Kris Letang (5) Looked suspect defensively against Boston, but had a strong week overall and completely changed the offensive dynamic of the team. (1g, 3a, 7 shots)
6 Douglas Murray (15) Scored an unexpected goal and continues to be a monster in the defensive zone. Will shine even more in the playoffs. (1g, 4 hits, 8 blocks)
7 Matt Niskanen (11) Has improved drastically since Letang’s return and seems to be getting comfortable with Murray as well. Will either guy be his playoff partner though? (3a)
8 Brooks Orpik (10) Making fewer mistakes with Letang in the lineup and looks better with fewer minutes played. PK communication still needs work. (8 hits, 5 blocks)
9 Beau Bennett (7) Not playing anything like a rookie and demonstrated he’s playoff-ready against Boston. Day-to-day with an upper body injury now. (2a)
10 Brandon Sutter (23) Stepped up his game with 2 goals against Montreal. Still making some defensive mistakes though and is not productive with 48 and 24. (2g, 21/39 faceoffs)
11 Chris Kunitz (12) As could be expected, isn’t scoring as much despite shooting more than anyone else. May see a regression to the mean now. (2a, 8 shots, 5 hits)
12 Craig Adams (9) Brings his best hockey at this time of year and has been a steadying force on an ever-changing fourth line. (1a, 6 hits)
13 Tanner Glass (19) Recorded his 2nd point of the season and demonstrated his value as a hard-hitter against two playoff teams this week. (1a, 8 hits)
14 Deryk Engelland (18) Not doing anything spectacular, but also playing reasonably well. Should be a nice matchup-based 6th defenseman for the playoffs. (4 hits)
15 Pascal Dupuis (1) Saw a dip in every facet of his game after he was switched to center. Struggling with defensive assignments. (1a, 10/25 faceoffs, 5 blocks)
16 Joe Vitale (13) Appears oddly one-dimensional now that most of the team plays special teams. Losing minutes rapidly to new players. (8/20 faceoffs, 5 hits)
17 Mark Eaton (16) Not much to say about Eaton, he’s steady and consistent when he’s in the lineup. (No important stats)
18 Marc-Andre Fleury (3) Had a rough game against Montreal as his defense hung him out to dry. Will start the final 3 games of the season. (1-0, 4.00 GAA, .886 Save %)
19 Matt Cooke (21) Is in full agitator mode, but at what cost? Might need to settle down for the playoffs since he’ll get 2 minutes for being Cooke. (4 PIM, 4 hits)
20 Simon Despres (17) Didn’t play well against Montreal and has shown an inconsistency that is troublesome for the playoffs. The 8th dman right now. (No important stats)
21 Tyler Kennedy (14) Playing his worst hockey of the season all of a sudden and might be playing himself right out of the lineup. (4 PIM, 4 hits)
22 Dustin Jeffrey (24) Should get some time in the lineup this week as players rest or hide from Ottawa. (Did Not Play)
23 Robert Bortuzzo (20) Barring even more injuries, will have a tough time getting into the lineup again. (Did Not Play)
INJ Evgeni Malkin (8) Out with an upper body injury.  Has been skating, but no timetable. (Did Not Play)
INJ James Neal (INJ) Out with a concussion. Has been skating, but no timetable. (Did  Not Play)
INJ Sidney Crosby (INJ) Out with a broken jaw. Has been skating, but no timetable. (Did Not Play)
INJ Paul Martin (INJ) Out with a broke hand. Has been skating, but no timetable. (Did Not Play)