Plugging Holes - Pittsburgh Penguins
The Hole: Power-play specialist
Don't be fooled by a good week or two. Sure, Pittsburgh's power play converted at a surprisingly efficient 26.3-percent clip in the playoffs against Ottawa and Montreal. But boasting the all-world talents of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin along with power play wizard Sergei Gonchar, the Penguins have ranked a bitterly disappointing 20th in 2008-09 (17.2 percent) and 19th in 2009-10 (again 17.2 percent) in PP%.
Therefore, with Gonchar and veteran wingers Bill Guerin, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ruslan Fedotenko possibly leaving as free agents, GM Ray Shero needs to find some firepower to help his star centermen, particularly with the man-advantage.