The Penguins traded a 3rd- and 5th-round draft pick for Marcel Goc. At first glance, this isn't a jump-up-and-down move.
But the more you dig, the more there is to like about Goc.
Here are some things to know about him.
Breakdown of Goc's career
Via Sporting Graphs
– Goc wasn't brought to Pittsburgh to score. But his game in the faceoff circle is a huge upgrade. He is currently 14th in the NHL in faceoff percentage. By comparison, Brandon Sutter is 51st.
– Take a look at the giveaway/takeaway ratio. Outstanding.
– Another thing that sticks out about Goc is his low PIM's. He doesn't take dumb penalties.
If nothing else, Goc has 50 games of playoff hockey under his belt.
-Interesting tidbit. In Goc's first two NHL games, he had a hand in series-clinching goals. Via Wikipedia:
In his first NHL game, Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues, Goc assisted on the series-clinching goal by deflecting the puck away from Blues goaltender Chris Osgood and right to Mark Smith. Then, in his second game, Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Colorado Avalanche, he scored the series-clinching goal by deflecting a shot past Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer.
Another example of Goc scoring in a big spot:
– Goc will be the second German Penguin player. The first? The immortal Sven Butenschon.
– Goc's first goal as a Panther was against the Penguins.
– For whatever reason, Goc scores most of his points on Saturdays. He has 41 of his career 177 points on that day.