Sidney Crosby ($8.7MM)
Evgeni Malkin ($9.5MM)
Carter Rowney ($650K)
*Greg McKegg ($650K)
If training camp started today, one Penguins source says the organizational depth chart at the center position would be Sidney Crosby – Evgeni Malkin – Carter Rowney – Greg McKegg.
Carter Rowney and Greg McKegg is certainly not ideal by any means and not a bottom six that you go deep in the playoffs with. Scouts also believe Rowney is better suited at wing in the NHL level.
While the team is likely to make a move or two at somepoint, the Penguins feel even with this bottom-6 configuration they would still be the front-runners in the Eastern Conference to open the season.
Hence, there’s no panic inside the organization to make a move to just make a move when it’s only July.
Yes, the Penguins are still a top contender to repeat without Kevin Porter.
The McKegg signing by Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin is one getting some praise as an under the radar signing and he’s a player some around the league believe could potentially win a spot out of camp.
“He brings a speed, energy game that coaches love,” a scout said of McKegg. “He’s smart, gets in on the forecheck with good angles, effective [hide] along the wall. Does the little things a fringe player has to do………”A bit slow in making reactionary plays that’s held him back [against higher competition) but he can distribute the puck,” the scout added.
McKegg, 25, appeared in 47 games last season with the Lightning/Panthers, collecting 3 goals and 7 points.
The Penguins prospect pool at the center position has no sure fire NHL centers and it’s more of a skilled group, than typical two-way bottom-6 centers.
Dominik Simon is the wildcard of the group for the next season. 22 Years old, a skilled play-making center who the Penguins see NHL ability in.
Two pro seasons in Wilkes Barre, he’s posted back-to-back 45+ point seasons, 25 goals and 48 points in 15/16 and 15 goals-46 points in 16/17.
But, there’s questions whether his game can translate to being a regular NHL player at the center position and some see him as a winger.
J.S. Dea, 23 years old, is a smallish/skilled center who has shown NHL flashes but has been a 0.47 career point per game player in the minors and has yet to top more than 36 points in a season. One scout I spoke with, though, feels Dea could still have a higher trajectory if he gets an opportunity to play with NHL caliber players.
Thomas DiPauli is a much different type of player than Dea and Simon. When the Penguins signed the former Capitals draft pick last summer, they were giddy about the signing.
The organization had seen DiPauli as a Bryan Rust mold but from the center position.
DiPauli had a rough first season in the Penguins organization. Struggled to stay healthy and didn’t handle the physicality well, per a source. He looks pegged for another development year.
Teddy Blueger, 2012 2nd round pick, is viewed by the organization as having the most upside out of the center group. Has great vision and playmaking ability, his game really came on as Wilkes Barre’s season progressed. 24 assists and 31 points in 54 games. In trajectory, one source says Blueger surpassed Oskar Sundvist over the last year who was traded to St. Louis for Ryan Reaves. He’s not ready yet, though.
Or maatta plus winger plus prospect plus picks for landeskog and you give him a combo of hagelin with either kessel or hornqvist.
Nevermind apparently he’s a winger now
Landeskog has always been a winger
Throwing all things into the coffer, including ability, price, term, familiarity, teams motivated to move a guy…I think Bozak makes teh most sense.
I’d start chanting “we want Bozak” but if you listened to Hip Hop in the 90s you would know why I won’t haha
I wonder if they will try to move him, though. They are in win now mode as well and I’d imagine would want a return of someone who would slot in favorably now as opposed to picks/prospects. I’d like to have him though. An upgrade over Bonino and a worthwhile cap hit.
Get jussi jokinen signed on the cheap to be the 3rd line center. And go from there
I like him as a 3rd line C too
So Joey Chestnut ate 72 dogs in 10’minutes. Impressive until you realize sams mom can suck 37 dicks in 2 minutes, to completion cuz she’s that good. She’s only 80 bucks over an hour too so think about what that costs… got to know the worth you money!
Rangers GM Shattinkirk is a seasoned negotiator. Bet he could have worked McDavids cap hit to a more manageable level.
Are you saying Rangers Gm Shatinkirk knows the value of you money?!
Last i checked he knows the worth you money
Pappy bringing back staal. You heard it here first a couple days ago!
Yeah. He’s not.
The comments are making work a little more enjoyable. Same is completely virginal bandwagoning out today, as only the fat virginal bandwagon man can do.
Hey Npl did your idol win his contest
Non hockey related.
Now that mcdavid got a deserving contract I wonder what will fraud eichel will get. I’d give that fraud max 7m not a penny more. Since his team hasn’t been in the playoffs yet and he is a coach killer
McDavid sucks. His team will never win with that contract.
Go hump your eichel fatso
This is not hockey related.
You being on this site is not related. Go on fb or something chunky
Is Facebook chunky? That doesn’t even make sense.
The way fraud Parise doing it I’m sure mcdavid will be just fine
Habs just signed fraud galchenyuk for 3 years
After the last two offseason, I think it’s totally fair to question whether or not Bergevin knows the value you money.
Dumo and Sheary going to the arbitrator. Numbers speak volumes here, Shearys slump and Dumos defence 1st game could play into the Pens favour
I think today was the deadline, right? They’ll still keep working toward a deal, but they had no option aside from filing, unless a signing was imminent. They’ll get done.
McJesus took a little less.. 12.5 per
Get fuckedd you fake Canadian bitchh about his contract but doesn’t bother you frauds like Ryan, Parise when they don’t deserve mcdavid deserves It won’t show a lot in few years. You or some assshole here bitchedd about sids contract too few years ago and I said it in won’t show a lot in future and today sids contract looks like peanuts compare to most frauds out there
What are you even talking about you little retard, I was simply stating he signed and for less than expected, I wasn’t bitching at all. McDavid is worth every dime… unlike Toews. You’re such an idiot it hurts… me laughing.
“You or some asshoIe” – disrespectful sammich is disrespectful. 1st you gotta be a prick about poor Beerman and now this. You have been told on multiple occasions that most of Sids criticism is as a result of your utter stupidity out here so if anyone said this, it was likely to have a go at you mongoloid idiot.
I just wish McDavid played for Edmonton, the home team is among those I enjoy the most after the Penguins and he would look good in an Oilers jeresy… darn Canucks are so lucky.
Seems they really know the value you money.
Most frauds…like Toews. PS – this wasn’t really hockey related.
Instead of “Sirus” XM radio, I bought Rosetta Stone to learn a new language and not sound like a dummass. Got to know the worth you money.
So good lol
Greg mckegg with a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg
dr nick riviera strikes again
Meh, I am sure something will be hashed out here. I mean I would hope sooner than later but the reality is the team is gonna be in a spot regardless of how they look up the middle so there is no need to rush a deal or panic. Any deal made I hope is a longer term fix and like I said, October would be better than February but there seems to be a lot holding their breath right now.
I agree completely that it isn’t time to panic because there’s plenty of time for them to work something out either for the short or long but there’s no way they can start the season without doing something and the longer they way the tougher of a spot they may force themselves into because they can say all they want that they’re fine starting the season with Rowney at 3C and McKegg at 4C and absolutely nothing behind them but everyone with half a brain should know that just isn’t true because starting the season with that depth chart down… Read more »
It also seems a few have passed Sundqvist on the depth chart (not saying I was a fan of the move at all) an in the case of injury I do think a guy like Simon would get a look… or even Blueger. It’s not ideal by any means and like I said, sooner the better, but I just wanna be weary of a panic move like Duchene or Staal (which came up on the DK page today) or Sutter which may not have the desired effect while siphoning off assets we cannot afford to lose at this point i.e.… Read more »
I would be surprised if any of these become Nhl regulars when its all said and done, at least at the centers postion.
I don’t know about that but that doesn’t mean the team needs to make a panic move which is the actual point I was making. Simon could although they seem to like him better on the wing
McKegg, beerman would have approved.
I havnt seen him around for a good long while. Do we know how he’s doing?
he’s dead. I want to say its been around two years now, maybe?
He pasted away
Yay let’s make a scene out of it. Dude get a real life already you are miserable.
Very disrespectful, Sam.
Your mom leaving your dad for a gang bangg event before divorce is disrespectful
There was a clerical error that delayed the finalization of their divorce.
None of these Sam posts are hockey related. Guess that’s a standard of Sam’s that slowly pasted away.
all hail greg mckegg