Pittsburgh Penguins: 2017-2018 Season Expectations

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Captain Sidney Crosby
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Captain Sidney Crosby /
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Kris Letang

Kris Letang is an elite defenceman who has only once in 10 years played a full season. Letang played 41 games last year, and missed all of the playoffs. If Letang could stay healthy for a whole season there is a good chance he could be in the running for the Norris Trophy. The Penguins biggest concern the last couple of seasons is their defence and having Letang on that top pairing all year will really help their success in the upcoming season.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins passes the puck against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 11: Kris Letang /

Long awaited and deserved, Letang has finally been named an alternate captain for the upcoming season. Letang has spent his whole career in Pittsburgh and signed an 8-year extension in July of 2013. The extension puts him through the 2021 season.

With the new addition to Letang’s jersey, he should come out more confident. Letang quarterbacks the first power play unit and has the potential to have a 50+ point season pending his health and the amount of games he plays this year.