Blessed with the reigning Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner, a former recipient of those awards and a roster loaded with talent, the Pittsburgh Penguins have several key players.
Perhaps more than any other NHL team, they rely on their stars to carry them.
However, the title of most important player on a team does not always go to the most skilled or accomplished player. It goes to the individual who, more than any other, must play well for his team to win.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the five most important players for the Penguins in the upcoming season.
The top selection might surprise you.