The Pittsburgh Penguins made some big moves this offseason. Bringing in Erik Karlsson and naming Kyle Dubas President of Hockey Operations might have just given the Penguins that extra drop of gas to have one more run at the Stanley Cup with Sidney Crosby.
The Penguins made a lot of moves this offseason reshaping their organization under Dubas. In goal, Dubas re-signed Tristan Jarry on a five-year contract while also bring ing Alex Nedeljkovic to add to the goaltending depth chart.
Hopefully, the goaltending position has been figured out and will no longer impact the team come playoff time, although betting on Jarry is a bit of a gamble.
Additionally the team signed Ryan Graves, the 28 year old defenseman should be a nice addition to the top four. The left shot defenseman is going to get to play with either Letang or Karlsson and that should only help him.
Additionally the Penguins added Lars Eller, Noel Acciari, Joona Koppanen, Binnie Hinostroza and Andrea Johnsson, all of these players could make an impact throughout the season and provide more depth to the bottom six.
One of the biggest moves for the Pens has to be adding Reilly Smith from the Vegas Golden Knights. Smith is bound to play a big role in the top six, and he had a great season last year putting up 56 points in 78 regular season games.
So with some of these moves the Penguins made this offseason, where could they potentially land in the standings this season.
Where the Penguins could land in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Metropolitan Division could very well be the most competitive division in the NHL. For a long time now that title has belonged to the Atlantic Division with juggernauts like Toronto, Boston and Tampa Bay, but the Metro really does have a lot of talent.
Carolina and New Jersey are going to be swapping division titles for the foreseeable future. Both the New York Islanders and Rangers continue to push for the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup. And finally the Capitals and Penguins are trying to make the most of their star players twilight years in the NHL.
If all goes right for the Penguins this upcoming season I believe they could be third in the Metro behind only New Jersey and Carolina. The Penguins have added an elite defenseman in Erik Karlsson, a defenseman who put up over 100 points on one of the worst teams in the league in San Jose.
This Penguins team has more depth than they have in years past and seem poised to get back into the playoffs and make some noise. It seems like they very well could steal a playoff spot this season.
Pittsburgh will kick off the 2023-24 season on Oct. 10 when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. It will be fun to see Sidney Crosby face off against one of the next future NHL stars in Connor Bedard.