A look at preseason leaders
These figures are from before last night's games, as that's all that's available at this hour. I'll have updated numbers throughout the week:
|1||Getzlaf, Ryan, Ana.||2||1||6||7|
|2||McDonald, Andy, St.L||2||1||6||7|
|3||Kostitsyn, Andrei, Mtl.||4||3||4||7|
|4||Plekanec, Tomas, Mtl.||4||3||4||7|
|5||Boyes, Brad, St.L||2||3||3||6|
|6||Perry, Corey, Ana.||3||4||2||6|
|7||Boyd, Dustin, Cgy.||3||1||5||6|
|8||Perron, David, St.L||4||4||2||6|
|9||Stempniak, Lee, St.L||2||3||2||5|
|10||Richards, Mike, Phi.||3||4||1||5|
|11||Ference, Andrew, Bos.||3||2||3||5|
|12||Moss, David, Cgy.||3||2||3||5|
|13||Bergeron, Patrice, Bos.||3||1||4||5|
|14||Fedotenko, Ruslan, Pit.||3||1||4||5|
|15||Markov, Andrei, Mtl.||3||1||4||5|
|16||*Goligoski, Alex, Pit.||4||0||5||5|
A lot of established players, but a few surprises on the list. Fedotenko's someone who could really benefit from playing on an offensive team in need of scoring on the wings, while Perron should be able to post much better totals than his rookie season.
Goligoski's an interesting name, too. Now that we know for sure that the Penguins will be without Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar for months, he someone who could get a real chance — and who has been already in exhibition.
A 23-year-old defenceman who was a point-a-gamer in the NCAA, he was a late second-round pick in the 2004 entry draft and played his first pro season last year in the AHL. Goligoski was decent throughout the year, earning a spot on the all-rookie team, but exploded in the playoffs, putting up 28 points in 23 games as the Baby Pens rolled into the Calder Cup finals.
The knock on him is his size — he's about 5 foot 11, 175 pounds — but he's also very, very strong with the puck and that's a skill the Penguins need.
Pittsburgh's top six, if you were to go simply by experience, would include Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton, Hal Gill, Darryl Sydor, Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang, but it's not hard to see a scenario where Goligoski's tiny $900,000 contract finds a home.
So far, well, it's preseason — and in the early going at that — but the Penguins' season starts Saturday and he'll be in the lineup.