IS DESPRES IN PLAY?
Head coach Dan Bylsma like many members of the Penguins organization has big expectations for 23 year old center Brandon Sutter who was the centerpiece of the Jordan Staal trade.
Bylsma though first reflected on Staal leaving.
"I Spent a lot of time, watched him grow up, " Bylsma said of Staal. "He's a great player, did a lot of great of things. So, to see him go and be in that situation is not the easiest thing to do. "At same time. we're getting a player back in Sutter, lot of ways, he's going to fit in our team and do a lot of great things. Third line center, penalty kill guy, lot of grit to his game, character guy, " Bylsma said.
"For our team, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin [down the middle}, solidifying a guy who can play in that position for our team is really important for us. He's going to play an extremely big role for our team. Character, work ethic grit he plays with is very important to our team."
As the draft has wrapped up, a few developments continue to come for the Penguins and that's there evolving blueline, looking for a top-pairing d-man, in addition to depth at forward and possibly a long-term winger for Sidney Crosby.
"We still have some things in motion, " assistant coach Todd Reirden said.
A few things have jumped out regarding Bylsma's comments today.