Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Pittsburgh Penguins

Cam Robinson

2017-09-05

 

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Pittsburgh Penguins

 

For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen Pool Forensics fame) to pinch hit. The 15th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

Enjoy!

 

GoneMarc-Andre Fleury, Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitz, Ron Hainsey, Mark Streit, Kevin Prter, Cameron Gaunce, David Warsofsky, Trevor Daley, Oskar Sunqvist

 

IncomingAntti Niemi, Ryan Reaves, Gregg McKegg, Jarred Tinordi, Adam Johnson, Kevin Czuczman, Chris Summers, Zach Trotman, Casey DeSmith, Matt Hunwick

 

Impact of changes – As is the case with many Stanley Cup Champions, the inevitable roster turnover happens when cap implications come into play. That said, with the talent that has vacated the Steel City this offseason, it’s a bit unnerving that the marquee incoming players are Antti Niemi and Ryan Reaves. The luxury of having two very capable number one net minders is over, but management surely hopes that Niemi can find his bearings after a dreadful stint in Dallas and can spell off Matt Murray for 25 or so contests. The centre ice position was hit the hardest with Cullen and Bonino leaving the bottom six pivot positions wide open. Jay McClement earns himself a pro tryout and could sneak a contract for that fourth line, but that isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. Sacrificing a first-round pick and prospect for Ryan Reaves will forever be a head-scratcher, but expect the pugilistic winger to see roughly 10 minutes a night and fill the PIM section of the scoresheet with aplomb. There will be holes to fill in this lineup, something the Penguins have done a masterful job with in the past, but do they have