Pittsburgh Penguins: Eight Players to Watch in the Metropolitan Division

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Jake Guentzel
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Jake Guentzel /
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2) Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins

While scoring on your first shot of your first shift in your first game is quite the accomplishment, Jake Guentzel went ahead and also won a Stanley Cup in his first year, finishing the playoffs as the leading goal scorer with 13 goals in 25 games. Guentzel enters his second year in the league cemented alongside Sidney Crosby, hoping to capitalize on the chemistry the two developed last season.

Even though the departure of Marc-Andre Fleury puts the spotlight on Matt Murray this year, if Jake Guentzel can continue his 40 game point per game pace of .82 Points/Game from last regular season into this season, the Penguins juggernaut of an offense will likely continue to steamroll teams up and down the ice. If Guentzel hits the dreaded sophomore slump, the Penguins could find themselves in a pickle without many options waiting in the wings.