Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades – Pittsburgh Penguins

Ian Gooding

2021-09-10

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

Enjoy!

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Gone Jared McCann, Brandon Tanev, Frederick Gaudreau, Mark Jankowski, Colton Sceviour, Cody Ceci

Incoming Danton Heinen, Brock McGinn, Dominik Simon, Michael Chaput

Impact of Changes – In spite of another first round/qualifying round loss, the Penguins did not opt for any massive changes. That included not signing another goalie to give Tristan Jarry some competition, and keeping the core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang together. With Malkin and Letang each well over 30 and on the final year of their contracts, it's possible that this could be the "last dance" for this group before an inevitable teardown.

Knowing they could lose him in the expansion draft for nothing, Penguins GM Ron Hextall dealt McCann to the Leafs for Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick. Then the Pens lost Tanev and his $3.5 million cap hit for four m