Pittsburgh Penguins by the numbers: Teddy Blueger

Teddy Blueger #53 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Teddy Blueger #53 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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This Pittsburgh Penguins center has waited, and waited, and waited some more before finally getting his shot. Now that he has arrived, what’s next for him?

The word waiting is defined as an act of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens. That is to the tee of what Teddy Blueger has done with his time as a Pittsburgh Penguins centerman. Since being drafted in 2012, he had to wait 7 years to make the opening season roster finally.

Teddy got some time last season after Matt Cullen said goodbye, but this year was his first chance to show the world what he was capable of doing. The future Pens star and perfect role-model got the shot and did not disappoint at all.

He played in 69 games before the shutdown, resulting in 22 points (9 goals and 13 assists). His numbers are outstanding for a 4th line forward, but what’s more impressive, is that ‘Teddy’s Line’ has turned into the Penguins shutdown line. Brandon Tanev, Zach Aston-Reese, and himself turned a line look at due to necessity, into a line with a known identity.

Pittsburgh Penguins by the numbers: Teddy Blueger

More known for this defense, Blueger has typically always been viewed as an all-around pest. He and his linemates have all grown alike, forming a bond that has disrupted many opponents this year. His moment of definition this year came during a grueling 5 on 3 penalty kill where he dominated the Maple Leafs, on defense, and eventually scoring. That 2-minute window is just a minor glimpse into his season.

During an injury-plagued campaign, Blueger was just 1 out of 2 players to play in every game. His defensive prowess comes with endurance not known by many. As the season moves on into the playoffs, there is no doubt that he will be right back where he left off. His skill set is going to be required during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it may even see him earn some hardware.

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Hopefully, he will be hoisting Lord Stanley itself, but I am talking about the Frank J. Selke Trophy, the award which recognizes the top defensive forward. Yes, he’s that good. Blueger is under contract until after the 2021 season, which is weird timing. Hopefully, he progresses, and the Pens sign him up because if not, he may be off to Seattle in the Expansion Draft.