Pittsburgh was the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. It didn’t translate to a cake walk to the Stanley Cup Finals as Boston shut them down in stunning fashion. With a 15-0-0 March and offensive firepower galore, they were full of fantasy value. Let’s take a look back at Sidney Crosby and company in 2013 fantasy hockey.
Team Name: Pittsburgh PenguinsRecord: 36-12-0, Lost 4-0 to Boston in Eastern Conference Finals
Player of the Season: Crosby led this high-powered offense with 15-41–56 in just 35 games with 17 power play points and a +26 rating. Imagine how many more points he could have scored if he played all 48 games.
Breakout of the Season: Beau Bennett played 26 games and put up 14 points (3G,11A) with a good +7 rating and 3 power play points. If he stays healthy, he might move up to the third line on a steady basis and get some additional ice time to boost his numbers.
Disappointment of the Season: The penalty kill was the weakness that weighed them down, a little. They were a shocking 25th on the kill at 79.6%. That might have been about all that held them back.
Team Analysis: Pittsburgh got off to a good start at 13-8-0 in the first two months and then went nuts with a 23-4-0 run the rest of the season. Their offense was amazing during the fantasy season but then took a colossal dump by scoring just twice in a four-game sweep by Boston in the conference finals. The Penguins also never lost more than two games in a row at any point in the regular season.
2013-2014 Story Lines: Who is going to be the goaltender for this team? Marc-Andre Fleury made it through the first four games of the first-round series against the Islanders before Tomas Vokoun took over for the next 11 playoff games. Will Jarome Iginla decide to re-up with Pittsburgh after getting traded there mid-season?
2013-2014 Fantasy Guys to Have: Crosby, Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, the starting goaltender
Guys On the Fringe: Paul Martin (6-17–23 with a +14 rating), the backup goaltender (as a handcuff)
|Sidney Crosby, C||36||15||41||56||26||16||21:06||3||14||0||0||124||12.1|
|Chris Kunitz, LW||48||22||30||52||30||39||18:01||9||7||0||0||113||19.5|
|Kris Letang, D||35||5||33||38||16||8||25:38||1||12||0||0||95||5.3|
|Pascal Dupuis, RW||48||20||18||38||31||26||17:30||2||1||1||0||140||14.3|
|James Neal, LW||40||21||15||36||5||26||17:28||9||7||0||0||136||15.4|
|Evgeni Malkin, C||31||9||24||33||5||36||19:42||4||14||0||0||99||9.1|
|Paul Martin, D||34||6||17||23||14||16||25:20||2||7||0||0||38||15.8|
|Matt Cooke, LW||48||8||13||21||-2||36||14:43||0||0||0||0||61||13.1|
|Brandon Sutter, C||48||11||8||19||3||4||16:24||3||1||0||0||82||13.4|
|Beau Bennett, RW||26||3||11||14||7||6||12:18||1||4||0||0||30||10.0|
|Brenden Morrow, LW†||15||6||8||14||5||19||14:44||1||1||0||0||24||25.0|
|Matt Niskanen, D||40||4||10||14||4||12||20:21||0||2||0||0||67||6.0|
|Tyler Kennedy, C||46||6||5||11||-6||19||12:28||1||2||0||0||100||6.0|
|Jussi Jokinen, LW†||10||7||4||11||3||6||14:55||1||3||0||0||13||53.8|
|Jarome Iginla, RW†||13||5||6||11||2||9||17:40||4||2||0||0||34||14.7|
|Craig Adams, RW||48||3||6||9||-1||28||11:10||0||0||1||0||46||6.5|
|Brooks Orpik, D||46||0||8||8||17||32||22:17||0||0||0||0||32||0.0|
|Simon Despres, D||33||2||5||7||9||20||15:07||0||1||0||0||33||6.1|
|Dustin Jeffrey, C||24||3||3||6||1||2||11:31||0||0||0||0||26||11.5|
|Deryk Engelland, D||42||0||6||6||5||54||13:55||0||0||0||0||31||0.0|
|Joe Vitale, C||33||2||3||5||-7||17||9:31||0||0||0||0||26||7.7|
|Robert Bortuzzo, D||15||2||2||4||3||27||13:17||0||0||0||0||10||20.0|
|Douglas Murray, D †||14||1||2||3||-1||9||18:30||0||0||0||0||14||7.1|
|Tanner Glass, C||48||1||1||2||-11||62||10:04||1||0||0||0||38||2.6|
|Zach Boychuk, C †||7||0||0||0||-2||2||11:37||0||0||0||0||6||0.0|
|Ben Lovejoy, D †||3||0||0||0||-2||0||13:36||0||0||0||0||7||0.0|
|Dylan Reese, D||3||0||0||0||0||0||15:16||0||0||0||0||1||0.0|
|Eric Tangradi, LW†||5||0||0||0||2||0||8:32||0||0||0||0||4||0.0|
|Mark Eaton, D||23||0||0||0||9||4||17:59||0||0||0||0||8||0.0|
|Steve MacIntyre, LW||1||0||0||0||0||12||4:31||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Trevor Smith, LW||1||0||0||0||0||0||10:24||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|