Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 8

It wasn’t pretty, but the Pens went 4-0 this week despite everyone’s complaints about 2nd periods, defense, the penalty kill, and Tyler Kennedy.  Kris Letang takes a nice jump as he deals with twitter trade rants, as does Tomas Vokoun and Pascal Dupuis.  Meanwhile, Marc-Andre Fleury is trending the wrong way.  Get the full season rankings and averages at CrosbyFTW.


Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Sidney Crosby (3) Has been playing at an incredible level all over the ice and is still somehow improving each game. Is the best getting better? (2g, 9a, 4 PIM, 48/98 faceoffs)
2 Chris Kunitz (1) The new lord of the sock monkeys is finishing at an unreal rate with a shooting percentage of 28.8% on the season. (6g, 3a, 14 shots, 6 hits)
3 Kris Letang (11) His defensive presence isn’t always fantastic, but he is adding more than enough to the offense to make up for it. (7a, 10 shots, 8 blocks)
4 James Neal (7) Has adopted the Philly hatred more than most, but continues to produce and even looked like a play-maker vs NYI. (4g, 3a, 6 PIM, 19 shots, 6 hits)
5 Tomas Vokoun (19) Turned his game around in relief of Fleury and in his only start.  He will be vital during the current stretch of 6 games in 9 days. (2-0, 0.60 GAA, .974 Save %)
6 Pascal Dupuis (15) Along for the ride with the top line and finding ways to contribute on both ends of the ice. (4g, 1a, 4 PIM, 16 shots, 6 hits)
7 Beau Bennett (14) Earning more minutes and demonstrating no fear in any situation. Has been playing bigger than anyone expected so far. (2a, 2 PIM, 4 hits)
8 Paul Martin (INJ) Missed a couple games due to injury and hasn’t returned to superhero status, but still playing well. (1g, 1a, 2 PIM, 4 hits, 5 blocks)
9 Brooks Orpik (8) Looking great at even strength but lost on the penalty kill.  Adding a little more puck movement to his game too. (1a, 4 PIM, 9 hits, 11 blocks)
10 Mark Eaton (13) Continues to do nothing eye-catching and also continues to not make mistakes.  Slow and steady is Mark Eaton. (4 blocks)
11 Brandon Sutter (4) Demonstrating great defensive prowess, but struggling with faceoffs and can’t create much offense on his own. (1a, 29/68 faceoffs, 4 blocks)
12 Simon Despres (10) Consistently inconsistent. Improving with the puck though and learning to make quicker decisions. (6 hits)
13 Matt Niskanen (9) Hasn’t found his complete game yet, looking very uncertain of his positioning in the defensive zone. (1a, 4 PIM, 10 hits, 5 blocks)
14 Matt Cooke (2) Had a very quiet week after Bennett took his spot on the 2nd line. (1a, 6 hits, 4 blocks)
15 Marc-Andre Fleury (5) Getting wins despite some ugly numbers. Stats are worse than he deserves, but he hasn’t played that well either. (2-0, 4.56 GAA, .847 Save %)
16 Deryk Engelland (12) Played terribly against TB and Phi, played great against Tor, and then was promptly benched against NYI. (7 PIM, 10 hits, 4 blocks)
17 Tyler Kennedy (21) Making more of an impact as a defensive forward than in the offensive zone. Would slot well as a 4th line winger right now. (1g)
18 Dustin Jeffrey (16) Getting more chances with Malkin out again but seems invisible on the ice most of the time. (15/26 faceoffs)
19 Craig Adams (17) Providing no production on the 4th line and has watched the PK drop off significantly. (6 hits)
20 Joe Vitale (18) Spent 2 games as a healthy scratch but returned to the lineup with Malkin out. Went 7 for 7 in faceoffs against NYI. (10/13 faceoffs)
21 Tanner Glass (20) Hasn’t really been doing anything anywhere on the ice. (2 PIM, 12 hits)
22 Robert Bortuzzo (22) Trade bait? (Did not play)
INJ Evgeni Malkin (6) Played well in his return but is now out 1-2 weeks with an “upper body injury” (1g, 2a, 10 shots, 15/34 faceoffs)