Crosby, Malkin, Staal aren't enough

Power play shortcomings continue to plague the Pens, so let's fix them already

Originally Published: June 14, 2010
By Timo Seppa and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni MalkinJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMalkin and Crosby need some help when they're a man up.

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.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.