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Penguins Preseason Game No. 1 Fallout

Some Takeaways on Mike Sullivan’s post-game comments about three particular players from the Penguins 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.

1. Same Talk surrounding Pouliot?

– Derrick Pouliot played over 20 minutes in the Penguins 4-2 loss to the Red Wings. He had 4 shots on goal and had solid corsi numbers at even strength, on the ice for 14 shot attempts and 8 against.

However, Mike Sullivan’s comments after the game were more of the same. He was okay’ and not assertive enough in the puck moving department.

“I thought Derrick was OK,” Sullivan said. “We’d like to see him be a little more assertive with the puck in his decision making, just seeing things a little bit quicker. And I think that’ll come with time. Obviously it’s the first game, so there’s a lot of rust involved with all of the players out there.”

One complaint about Pouliot throughout his development as a pro player is that he doesn’t see the simple play quick enough. It’s an area that has frustrated Penguin coaches.

2. Scott Wilson has had an excellent training camp and earned high marks from Sullivan afterwards.

“I really liked Carter Rowney’s line (Sheary-Rowner-Wilson),” Sullivan said. “I thought they had a lot of chances and Scott Wilson was a big part of that. They couldn’t seem to finish them, but they had some high quality chances.

What Penguin coaches also like about Wilson is his versatility to play both wings and plays the right side very well.

3. Guentzel Trending Up with another impressive performance


Jake Guentzel is a player I’ve talked about that the organization is giddy about. He had very strong on Sunday in camp, among the top standouts, and his first NHL exhibition game caught the eye of his head coach.

“I thought Jake Guentzel had a strong game,” Sullivan said. “It’s much different when you play an exhibition game against NHL players from other teams. I’m sure it’s an adjustment process for him. But I thought he had a strong game. He tried to make plays when they were there, and when they weren’t, he tried to play a smart, simple game.”[/hide]

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