The Penguins website names Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi, Beau Bennett and Jayson Megna as the top candidates for the job—Bennett and Megna being sleeper picks.
Bennett's speed and passing skills have the potential to add a lot to Malkin and Neal’s offensive production.
Megna is a young player who has been very impressive at the 2012 prospect development camp and with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL. He’s a fast and skilled skater with plenty of playmaking upside.
Kennedy is a favorite because of his knack for opening up the ice to create scoring plays for himself and others. He’ll shoot just as soon as he’ll pass. He also has value as a two-way forward in that he’s able to defend in his own zone.
Even though Kennedy offers a lot on both offense and defense, Tangradi may be the best option.
At 6’4” and 221 pounds, Tangradi is a very physical player. He can use his size and strength to hit hard and battle for pucks. He probably won’t be able to make plays like the other candidates for this role, but his value comes in his ability to force turnovers, fight for pucks and push his way into the offensive zone.
However, Bylsma has decided that, for the time being, “different players will play alongside Malkin and Neal depending on game situations.”
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