The Pittsburgh Penguins by the numbers: Bryan Rust

Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

A career Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Bryan Rust, had a career season in 2019/20. Moving ahead in our by the numbers series, let’s breakdown how it’s gone for the trusty winger.

From Fortnite to donations, Bryan Rust has been dominating this NHL standdown as well as the regular season. He has once again been a constant contributor for the Pittsburgh Penguins only this time; he has gotten a bit more credit than before.

Bryan Rust’s stats and his style of play all have been a part of this team’s success. Before the season was cut short, Rusty was 2nd on the Penguins roster when it comes to points on the ice, 56 in all. Of those points, 27 of them were goals and 29 assists. Sid of Geno’s right-hand man has always been there in support, only this time he is getting his own as well.

His career stats may have come in the shadows of an MVP caliber season from Evgeni Malkin, but he also has been a part of that success as well. Rust and Geno have provided the Penguins with life on the 2nd line and will need to continue that moving forward into the NHL Playoffs.

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If Bryan Rust is to finish his career, stat imploding year, then the playoffs need to be handled. He’s always had a knack for ending the big game on a sneaky shot, but his overall Stanley Cup Playoff performances have been lackluster to say it kindly. In short, 62 playoff games with 21 points.

Over the past two seasons of playoff hockey, Bryan Rust has only three goals and a giant goose egg when it comes to assists. Rust did find ways to shine over the past two Stanley Cup victories but at the tune of a bottom-6 forward, not the top-6 winger that he was requested to be.

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With he and the Penguins facing off against the Canadiens in the first round of this crazy new Playoff format, he will be called upon once more. No one can take away this season for him, but it would be pleasant to see Rust, Geno, and the rest of the 2nd line continue propelling the Penguins in the Playoffs.