Pittsburgh Penguins season preview: Offseason acquisitions fuel team's expectations
OCT 6, 9:34a ET | Bill Bernardi
Rotowire: Sep 19 / 6:12p ET
News: Hornqvist practiced on the team's second power-play unit Saturday with Evgeni Malkin, Beau Bennett, Nick Bonino and Derrick Pouliot, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Johnston is tinkering with two units on the man advantage, but it would be surprising to see Hornqvist (or Malkin) relegated to the second one -- unless both units see equal time. "Do you load up one unit? Do you go with two units?" Johnston wondered. "In training camp, our thing as coaches is, let's figure it out before the season starts." Expect Hornqvist to camp out in front of opposing goalies on the top unit when the regular season commences.
Rotowire: Aug 25 / 3:10p ET
News: Coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Hornqvist would open training camp as the right wing on the second line next to Evgeni Malkin, NHL.com reports.
Impact: As expected, the Penguins' offseason acquisition of Phil Kessel will push Hornqvist off Crosby's line, but landing next to one of the NHL's premier pivots in Malkin isn't much of a downgrade. It's quite likely that the arrival of Kessel results in Hornqvist seeing his average ice time and power-play time drop from last season's 17:39 and 3:33, respectively, but there's still plenty of firepower surrounding him, so he's on track for another 50-point campaign if health permits.