The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter 2013 as one of the favorites to bring home the Stanley Cup. They have arguably the two best players in the world in last year's MVP, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby. In the offseason, they lost penalty kill specialist and third line center Jordan Staal, who was a huge part of their game plan.
Who will step up and take his place?
The Pens were ousted in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in a physical series that only escalated their statewide rivalry. Their penalty kill was diminished and their overall defensive game plan was weak. Claude Giroux basically walked all over them for six games.
Many players will have to up their game in 2013 if the Pens want to win it all, but here are the top five.