2023 Fantasy Hockey Team Previews: Pittsburgh Penguins


The DailyFaceoff Fantasy Hockey 2023 projections projected stats for over 650 skaters and goaltenders.

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Sidney Crosby

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
76.5 32.7 56.3 89.1 10.8 35.2 8.7 32.8 221.6 14.8% 20.2 880.8 37.9 56.3

After years of being extremely durable, Crosby started missing games again. Crosby has missed a combined 42 games (20.3%) over the past three seasons. In the lineup, he averaged 35 goals and 61 assists (96 points) in 82 games. His 1.17 points per game are tied for 12th in the NHL over that span. Crosby remains an elite center option and has top-10 potential midway through and late in the second round.

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Jake Guentzel

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
79.3 38.3 45.9 84.2 10.8 41.9 9.0 19.0 247.9 15.5% 20.2 14.1 40.8 72.4

Guentzel has become one of the NHL’s top scorers, averaging 40 goals in 82 games over the past four seasons. The 2021-22 season was his best yet, posting 84 points (40G/44A) in 76 games while shooting a career-best 264 shots (15th-best in the NHL). Guentzel is hip-bound to Crosby (87% of his 5-on-5 ice time), and the duo is among the best in the NHL. As long as Crosby is in Pittsburgh, Guentzel has 40 goals and one point gain per game.

Kris Letang

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
77.7 11.8 51.7 63.5 13.5 48.1 3.5 21.7 207.3 5.7% 25.6 0.0 110.1 146.1

Letang has been remarkably consistent over the years. Over the past three seasons, he’s ranked seventh among defensemen in assists (125) and points (157), 10th in goals (32) and power-play points (52). Overall, he averaged 14 goals and 50 assists (64 points) in 82 games, but only played all 82 games once in 15 years. Durability is the only concern with Letang; however, he has only missed 13 games over the past three seasons. He has an extremely safe floor and a top 5 upside position, with added value in the banger leagues.

Yevgeny Malkin

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
68.9 27.6 44.3 71.9 -4.7 49.0 10.6 27.4 196.2 14.1% 18.6 351.3 27.9 39.7

There are a few things that won’t surprise you about Malkin over the past three seasons. First, he is in the top 20 in points per game (1.12). Second, he missed 78 games (37.7%). Malkin has the advantage of being a 90-point player, but has only played more than 70 games once in the last ten seasons. If he gets there late enough, Malkin has the potential to be one of the biggest stealers in the draft, but you’ll need an insurance policy.

Bryan Rust

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
72.9 29.7 35.2 64.9 8.3 22.9 9.9 21.4 205.7 14.4% 19.1 2.1 34.6 67.5

In 2021-22, Rust scored 20+ goals for the third straight season. The numbers don’t look quite as impressive due to shortened seasons and injury issues, but Rust is a legitimate 30-goal and 40-assist player when healthy. With Rust, you know he’ll probably play with Crosby/Guentzel or Malkin, so he’s always in good hands. Injury issues will knock him off the draft boards, making him excellent value for draft day.

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Jeff Petry

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
77.3 9.7 27.7 37.4 7.7 32.7 2.3 9.3 145.4 6.7% 21.1 0.0 100.1 142.1

Petry was traded to the Penguins this offseason, essentially skipping his fantasy value. He should still be used in the top 4-5-5, but probably won’t see any power-play time with Letang and Ty Smith ahead of him. As a result, he’s a fantastic #4 option with limited upside.

Jeff Carter

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
77.0 20.9 22.5 43.5 -0.6 33.1 3.2 6.0 197.7 10.6% 17.3 610.4 46.7 85.2

Carter played just over a full season of games with the Penguins, scoring 28 goals and 28 assists (56 points) in 90 games. In 2021-22, most of his production came in the first three months of the season as he replaced Malkin in the top 6. Once Malkin made his debut in mid-January, the number of Carter’s points per game went from 0.643 in his first 28 games to 0.563 in his last 48 games. Unfortunately, the Penguins don’t have enough bottom-6 talent to make Carter a viable fantasy asset when centering the third line.

Rickard Rakell

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
75.1 17.1 23.7 40.9 4.9 14.5 3.1 8.1 188.3 9.1% 16.9 26.7 35.1 92.3

Last season, Rakell was traded to the Penguins at the deadline and had 13 points (4G/9A) in 19 games. Rakell played about 35 percent of his 5-on-5 ice time with Crosby, and the two had outstanding numbers together (3.81 x GF/60) in a small sample (98:04 TOI). As a result, he’s likely the favorite to start with Crosby and Guentzel this season, giving him plenty of dormant potential. He has 30-plus goals twice, so the potential for a 30-40 season is there.

Tristan Jarry

GS O L To SV% GAA SO
52.0 29.4 16.6 6.1 0.914 2.67 3.5

The Penguins have an exceptional goaltending pair, led by Jarry. Over the past three seasons combined, Jarry is sixth in the NHL in wins (79), eighth in SV% (.917) and ninth in GAA (2.52). Playing behind a solid defensive lineup and producing some really good splits, Jarry is a legitimate No.1 fantasy option. He probably won’t start more than 60 games as the drafted studs ahead of him, but he’s been on the wider side of a 60-40 split the past three seasons.

Casey DeSmith

GS O L To SV% GAA SO
30.0 16.5 10.0 3.6 0.911 2.73 2.6

Over the past two years, DeSmith is tied for 17th in SV% (0.913) and 21st in GAA (2.68), solidifying himself as one of the NHL’s top backup options. He’s been very consistent throughout his career, never finishing a season with an SV% below 0.912 or a GAA above 2.79. He’s a nice, fantastic No. 3 option that will probably start 30-35 games.


Player Pos generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
Kasperi Kapanen RW 75.4 13.3 22.7 36.0 5.4 17.1 0.7 4.4 122.9 10.8% 14.5 3.2 17.8 91.3
jason zucker L.W. 72.3 16.1 17.1 33.1 -4.5 29.2 3.4 6.0 154.4 10.4% 15.1 6.8 30.3 111.2
Teddy Bleuger VS 73.2 10.5 19.9 30.4 8.8 17.9 0.0 0.0 98.1 10.7% 14.8 383.5 36.7 91.2
Ty Smith D 67.7 4.4 20.2 24.5 -9.1 21.1 0.6 6.2 85.2 5.2% 18.4 0.0 66.4 45.8
Brock McGinn L.W. 75.7 12.8 11.5 24.3 1.0 16.8 0.0 0.0 113.4 11.3% 14.6 15.8 43.8 100.1
Ryan Pohling C/LW 64.0 10.7 10.7 21.4 6.0 5.7 1.1 2.1 84.7 12.6% 10.8 177.9 27.1 51.6
Marcus Petterson D 75.4 2.5 17.8 20.3 7.7 39.5 0.3 1.3 87.9 2.9% 17.3 0.0 79.9 114.1
Brian Dumoulin D 75.1 4.0 16.1 20.1 20.1 24.3 0.0 0.3 91.7 4.4% 21.9 0.0 121.5 96.5
Josh Archibald RW 66.0 10.8 8.7 19.5 -1.6 28.5 0.0 0.0 77.3 14.0% 13.4 4.7 43.9 202.0
John Rutta D 74.7 2.2 14.6 16.8 -2.3 43.7 0.0 0.0 88.5 2.5% 16.3 0.0 67.5 80.3



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