Record: 37-16-3 77 points – 1st Place in the MassMutual East Division
Playoffs: Lost to NY Islanders in the First Round
F – Jared McCann, F – Brandon Tanev, D – Cody Ceci, F – Frederick Gaudreau, F – Mark Jankowski
F – Brock McGinn, F – Danton Heinen
As the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for the 2021-22 season they have a lot of questions that need answering. Starting in net they need to know that Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith are really the answer in net. There were rumors that they had interest in bringing back Marc-Andre Fleury, but that went away when he was traded to Chicago by Vegas. Jarry and DeSmith will be a huge factor as to how the Penguins will do this upcoming season.
On offense the loss of Brandon Tanev to Seattle was shocking. One would of expected him to be protected, but he wasn’t and that is a huge loss to the Penguins given the type of player that he is. The Penguins are also going to need to get scoring from their depth forwards. Evgeni Malkin could miss some significant time, and the Penguins will need the secondary scoring to make up for his absence.
On defense there wasn’t too much turnover for the Penguins. Pierre-Olivier Joseph will get a true opportunity to play regular minutes and gain more experience. The Penguins defense is ok, but this could be the year they miss the playoffs now that they are back in the Metro Division.
Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust
Jason Zucker — Jeff Carter — Kasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinn — Evan Rodrigues — Danton Heinen
Zach Aston-Reese — Teddy Blueger — Sam Lafferty
Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson — John Marino
Mike Matheson — Pierre-Olivier Joseph