Ladies and gentlemen...your Pittsburgh/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins!!!
With an astonishing list of Malkin, Neal, Bennett, Glass, Ebbett, Letang, Martin, Orpik, Scuderi, Engelland, and Vokoun on the shelf (that's our entire second line as well as our top 2 defensive pairings right there!), here was our starting lineup against Toronto last night:
Chris Kunitz/Sidney Crosby/Pascal Dupuis
Harry Zolnierczyk/Jussi Jokinen/Jayson Megna
Chris Conner/Brandon Sutter/Joe Vitale
Craig Adams/Zach Sill/Chuck Kobasew
Matt Niskanen/Olli Maatta
Robert Bortuzzo/Brian Dumoulin
Simon Despres/Philip Samuelsson
Marc-Andre Fleury/Jeff Zatkoff
Other than the intact top line, itís basically the W-B/S Penguins playing with veterans Jokinen, Sutter, Adams, and Niskanen.
What if last night's lineup against the Leafs played against all the guys who are currently out (when healthy), with the remaining W-B/S players sprinkled in as well?
James Neal/Evgeni Malkin/Beau Bennett
Tanner Glass/Brian Gibbons/Andrew Ebbett
Tom Kuhnhackl/Dominik Uher/Tom Kostopoulos
Bobby Farnham/Adam Payerl/Pierre-Luc Letoureau-Leblond
Kris Letang/Rob Scuderi
Paul Martin/Brooks Orpik
Deryk Engelland/Brenden Mikkelson
Tomas Vokoun/Jeff Deslauriers
I'd actually side with Malkin's I.R. squad in that matchup. Scary how many good players are out.
Final Ruthless Mock:
1.22 CB Marcus Peters, 6'0" 197 lbs., Washington
2.56 FS Damarious Randall, 5'11" 196 lbs., Arizona State
3.87 TE Clive Walford, 6'4" 251 lbs., Miami
4.121 DE Henry Anderson, 6'6" 294 lbs., Stanford
5.160 WR Titus Davis, 6'1" 196 lbs., Central Michigan
6.199 OLB Kyle Emanuel, 6'3" 255 lbs., North Dakota State
6.212c OLB Max Valles, 6'5" 251 lbs., Virginia
7.239 RB John Crockett, 6'0" 217 lbs., North Dakota State
Its amazing seeing these young men come In and contribute. The team is playing like just that... a TEAM. GOOOOO PENS !!!!!