Pens Player Power Rankings – Week 9

The Pens enjoyed another 4-0 week, defeating Boston twice, along with Toronto and the New York Rangers.  The defense and goaltending have come along very nicely and secondary scoring has even entered the mix.  WHAT ARE WE GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT NOW?!?!


Rank Player (Last Rank) Last Week’s Performance
1 Marc-Andre Fleury (15) Set the franchise record for shutouts and is playing very well in all facets right now. (3-0, 1.00 GAA, .956 Save %)
2 Pascal Dupuis (6) Shooting the puck more than anyone else and is getting rewarded with goals for his hard work on the 1st line. (3g, 1a, 19 shots, 11 hits)
3 Chris Kunitz (2) Only took 5 shots over the past week, but has shifted his talents to puck distribution and defensive play lately. (1g, 3a, 2 PIM, 12 hits)
4 Sidney Crosby (1) Crosby had the least amount of points on the first line last week? What? (1g, 2a, 4 PIM, 44/96 faceoffs, 5 hits)
5 Tomas Vokoun (5) Only played 1 of 4 games, but looked spectacular against Boston and has returned to his natural form. (1-0, 1.00 GAA, .969 Save %)
6 Paul Martin (8) Playing steady hockey in both zones and came up huge after Letang was injured on Sunday. Needs to keep it up if 58 misses time. (1a, 5 blocks)
7 Brandon Sutter (11) Scored 2 emotional goals to beat Boston on Tuesday and looks to really be growing into the system now. (2g, 33/65 faceoffs)
8 Brooks Orpik (9) Had an ugly game with his new visor against Toronto but has gotten more involved physically in standing up players since then. (1a, 8 PIM, 14 hits, 12 blocks)
9 Mark Eaton (10) Continues to be reliable every game with a small lapse against Boston on Sunday. Appears to have taken over the 5th D slot. (5 blocks)
10 Beau Bennett (7) Alternates between flashes of a true top 6 winger and a young player getting a little lost. He will benefit greatly from Malkin’s return soon. (1g, 1a)
11 Tyler Kennedy (17) Improving steadily over the past week, starting in the defensive end and finally getting on the scoresheet. (1g, 1a, 9 shots)
12 James Neal (4) Has struggled to find time and space with Jeffrey at center and has generally been very quiet without Malkin the last few games. (1a)
13 Craig Adams (19) Improved his game drastically on the PK with gap control and found his way into the scoring mix as well. (1g, 1a, 10 hits)
14 Dustin Jeffrey (18) Playing about average as he bounces between the 2nd and 3rd lines. Starting to mesh well with everyone though. (2a, 20/39 faceoffs)
15 Matt Niskanen (13) Hasn’t demonstrated the same puck moving or shooting abilities that he had early this season. Still being physical at least. (6 hits)
16 Matt Cooke (14) Had a very quiet week in general. (1a, 7 hits)
17 Simon Despres (12) This ranking has nothing to do with how Despres is playing, but more because he’s not a steady inclusion in the lineup.  (2 PIM)
18 Deryk Engelland (16) Same as Despres. (1a, 4 hits)
19 Joe Vitale (20) Scored a goal through pure effort on Sunday but is generally limited to around 6 minutes/game right now. (1g, 8/18 faceoffs, 4 hits)
20 Tanner Glass (21) Making fewer mistakes but still isn’t adding much to the team anywhere. (2 PIM, 7 hits)
21 Robert Bortuzzo (22) Hasn’t seen the lineup in weeks and may be an interesting piece at the trade deadline. (Did not play)
INJ Kris Letang (3) Creating a ton of offensive chances. Not expected to be out long (hopefully?). (2a, 16 shots, 8 hits, 8 blocks) (injured – day to day with a lower body injury)
INJ Evgeni Malkin (INJ) Has been skating and should return sometime this week. (Injured – day to day with an upper body injury)