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Projecting Penguins players goal totals for 2011-12 season.


With the NHL regular season about to begin, the time is right for predictions that probably won’t be. As dear readers know, every year at this time I post goal projections for Penguins players. Aside from twice nail RW Pascal Dupuis’ total on the mark, I’m almost always way off, as I suspect will be the case this season. Still, this is always a fun exercise – and one that provides Penguins broadcaster Phil Bourque with endless laughs. Submitted for the Ol’29er’s approval, my sure-to-be-ridiculed goal forecast for the 2011-12 Penguins:

Craig Adams (1)

Arron Asham (7)

Matt Cooke (13)

Sidney Crosby (31)

Pascal Dupuis (18)

Deryk Engelland (2)

Dustin Jeffrey (9)

Tyler Kennedy (26)

Chris Kunitz (22)

Kris Letang (12)

Mark Letestu (6)

Ben Lovejoy (2)

Steve MacIntyre (1)

Evgeni Malkin (53)

Paul Martin (4)

Colin McDonald (3)

Zbynek Michalek (5)

James Neal (17)

Matt Niskanen (5)

Brooks Orpik (1)

Richard Park (6)

Jordan Staal (30)

Steve Sullivan (16)

Eric Tangradi (3)

Joe Vitale (8)

Jason Williams (5)




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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