2021-22 Team Preview – Pittsburgh Penguins

2020-21

Record: 37-16-3 77 points – 1st Place in the MassMutual East Division

Playoffs: Lost to NY Islanders in the First Round

Key Losses

F – Jared McCann, F – Brandon Tanev, D – Cody Ceci, F – Frederick Gaudreau, F – Mark Jankowski

Key Additions

F – Brock McGinn, F – Danton Heinen

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2021-22 Preview

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.

Projected Lineup

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

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

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