The Pens have a busy schedule ahead of them this season, and there are many more games to look forward to.
So let’s take a look at what to expect for the team this season.
In case you missed it, here is Part 1 of our exclusive series on the Penguins and what they will be doing over the next few months.
Here are some of the things to look for this season:A new coachIn addition to the usual roster turnover, the Pens are going to be in a new situation for the first time since 2010.
They will be without head coach Marty Smith, who has spent the last four seasons with the team.
The Pens also lost head coach Mike Sullivan and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The team will also have a new captain and a new assistant general manager in Marc-Andre Fleury.
The former captain has spent his entire hockey career with the Penguins, while Fleury spent his career in Pittsburgh.
There is no question that Fleury will be a huge part of the team’s success in 2018-19.
A new assistant coachThe Penguins have been linked to some interesting names over the years.
But the new coach will be the first of those to take the reins in Pittsburgh and bring some familiarity to the locker room.
The Penguins have had several assistant coaches in the past, but it was always one of the players who took the reigns and led the team to success.
Fleury has been on the coaching staff for four seasons, and his tenure has been nothing short of spectacular.
He won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and led them to the Presidents Cup in 2013.
He has also been involved in the management of several different teams, including the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.
Fleury is an accomplished GM who has worked for a number of different NHL teams, and he will likely bring some of that expertise to the Penguins in 2018.
A few notable veteransOn the blue line, the Penguins have some players who have played together for years.
The group of Matt Murray, Josh Archibald and Nate Schmidt is known for its dynamic combination of speed and skill.
The trio of forwards have combined for nearly 900 goals in their careers.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the Penguins to mix and match their lines and make a run at the Stanley Cup.
There is a lot of talent on the blue lines, but the Pens will need to make sure they can handle the physicality that the teams physicality will bring.
The defense will be one of those areas of concern for the Pens.
The team has lost some key veterans, but there are plenty of young players who will be key contributors for the future.
The Pens will be looking to keep the same core of players who made it to the Stanley Cups in the last three seasons.
The big question is how the Penguins can do that without adding a few players that will hurt them in the future or players that are not going to help them win the Stanley the way they want.
A lot of young talentComing into this season the Penguins were very young, and some of those young players will be crucial for the success of the Penguins.
The return of defenseman Kris Letang will provide an enormous boost to the team and its defense, while the return of forward Kevin Fiala and defenseman Mike Cammalleri will be huge assets for the young defensemen.
It will be interesting to see how they fare.
Another big name that will be added to the roster will be goalie Pascal Dupuis.
The 30-year-old is coming off a career year and has the talent to be a Stanley Cup champion.
He will add a big, physical presence to the blue-line, and it will be fascinating to see what the team can do with his talent.
The addition of the highly skilled Alex Killorn should also help the Pens in the near future.
There will be some players coming off the bench that are ready to step in and help this team.
There are a number, and the most important of them are defenseman Paul Martin and forward Pascal Dupouis.
Both are coming off seasons in which they had their worst years of their careers, but both will be ready to help this season as well.
Martin is a physical presence and Dupou is a dynamic playmaker who can skate and pass the puck.
Both will have some success in Pittsburgh, and both will need some help this year.
There are a lot more names to come, but here are a few that we can look forward with:The Penguins will also be without two of their top three centers.
The biggest question marks on the roster come on defense, as there are a plethora of talented defenders coming off good seasons in the league.
If they can’t find a way to get their young defenseman playing well, they will need help at the other positions.
The Penguins may have some big holes at their forward positions, but they also have some great young forwards who could help them this year if they are able to find a few spots in the lineup.