Monday, October 24, 2005

PK not on Crosby's Menu

Hmm, would you really expect a team to stick an 18-year old kid who can't win faceoffs in the penalty kill? I mean, Crosby is great and all that, but it's not like he needs to be killing penalties when his best asset is his offense.

From Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Though the Penguins haven't been shy about using Crosby, he ranked just fifth among their forwards in ice time going into the game against Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden.

He was averaging exactly 181/2 minutes of ice time per game, which placed him behind Mark Recchi (21:21), Ryan Malone (21:06), Mario Lemieux (20:14) and Ziggy Palffy (20:03).

There is at least one obvious way to get Crosby more involved -- as a penalty-killer -- but the Penguins have no plans to make him a regular in the four-man rotation.

"He'll kill every once in a while, but, right now, we want him to watch and learn, and slowly graduate into it," said coach Eddie Olczyk, who noted that Crosby sits in on the team's penalty-killing meetings.

Full article HERE.

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