Martin, Goligoski off to fast starts
Sergei who? -- Through three games, the Penguins have not missed a beat when it comes to the offensive production from their blueline.
Leading the team in points is not Sidney Crosby (1 assist) or Evgeni Malkin (1 goal). It's Paul Martin (1G -3A), followed by Alex Goligoski (2G-1A). Defenseman Kris Letang is also tied for third on the team in points with 2.
Martin, the Penguins marquee acquisition this past summer has been excellent in the early stages of the season. Coming off a two point against the New Jersey Devils on Monday afternoon, Martin leads the team with four points.
Martin has been extremely active in the offensive zone, jumping up into the rush and picking his spots well. Martin has had only one 30+ assist season (2005-2006) in his NHL career but playing in Dan Bylsma's system, a 38-43 assist season won't be a surprise.
Expectations have been high for 3rd year defenseman Alex Goligoski and offensively he's met them thus far. Coming off an impressive pre-season (6 points), Goligoski is tied for the team lead in the regular season with 2 goals and is second in points with 3.
Defensively Goligoski has also played well, leading the Penguins with a plus-2 rating through three games.
The concern surrounding Goligoski coming into the season is whether he can maintain consistency at the offensive end throughout the season with Sergei Gonchar gone as quick starts have been a common theme for him during his young career.