LINK CITY: Best player in the world strikes again, Pens prospects report, Staal speculation begins

 

Some good info this past week on the Penguins organizational depth.

  • Rob Rossi on the lack of good forwards. [ trib ]

Shero probably cannot commit to abandoning the once-playoff successful “Big Three” formula of centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal because there are barely prospects worthy of playing with them, let alone replacing one of them, on the horizon

Has Rob Rossi ever written a column where the headline doesn't contrast what he is talking about. SMH.

This is the guy we are most excited about:

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Ben Hanowski, C/W, St. Cloud Huskies (WCHA)
Drafted 3rd round, 63rd overall, 2009

Hanowski exploded in his junior season, managing 43 points in 39 games, more than his prior two seasons totals combined. A cursory glance at the 6'2 forward suggests one of the biggest reasons for his offensive outburst is physical maturation, as he appears to have added substantial muscle over the past year. He also played with a great deal more confidence than in prior years which was obvious in the chances he took and his ability to convert them.

The captain of St. Cloud State University, Hanowski appears to have the tools to be a top-six offensive forward for the Penguins. He is equally proficient at distributing the puck as he is putting it in the back of the net and does some of his best work on the powerplay. Hanowski will likely return to St. Cloud for his senior season.  

 

And to circle everything back, the rumblings on Jordan Staal have begun.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal penned this blog about Jordan Staal this weekend.  [ Cult of Hockey blog ]

On Hockey Night in Canada, there was much speculation that Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins could be had for the right price, mainly because the Penguins might want to change things up and Staal might want a bigger role on a new team, as he is playing behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin right now.

Said analyst Glenn Healey: “This player is not going to ask to be traded but the hockey world knows something has got to happen"

Well first, lets just say Glenn Healey sucks.

But, Staples lays out an interesting argument:

Staal is a big, strong and fairly aggressive two-way centre, still in his prime, capable of playing the toughest minutes. He won’t come cheap, but he’ll likely be worth the money over the next six or seven years if he can stay healthy.

He is exactly the kind of player the Oilers need at centre, giving the team an excellent one-two punch with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. While the Oilers have been a weak team, the thought of playing with wingers like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky might be enticing for Staal. He’d certainly have a bigger role here.

The Oilers should certainly considering making a move for Staal, perhaps even trading away the #1 overall draft pick for him.

Is Staal worth a #1 pick? Not really sure, but that would net the Penguins Nail Yakupov. And dear god would that be awesome.

After the jump, Video of the day.

 

Vid of the day:

Scary shot here by Claude Giroux, best player in the world:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=WPhSoOPMTwI

 

Read of the day: Man sues BMW for 20 month long erection

In the Wolf v BMW lawsuit, it is claimed that the motorcyclist went for a ride in September 2010, and since then has suffered from a long-lasting erection that simply will not subside.It is a well-established fact that if an erection lasts longer than four hours, medical treatment should be sought.


This is all we could think of:

 

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