It appears the Pittsburgh Penguins may have a lot to like about rookie center Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska. A third round draft pick, 77th overall, in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Guentzel shared his time with the Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
In 40 regular season games with the Penguins this year, Guentzel had 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points and was a respectable +7. He also only had 10 penalty minutes with 81 shots on goal.
On Friday evening in Pittsburgh, Guentzel registered his first two career playoff points in a 4-1 Penguins win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. His first point was an assist on a first period goal by NHL superstar Sidney Crosby and his second point was the game winning goal at 7:51 of the second period. It was Guentzel's first career NHL playoff goal.
The fact that Guentzel is now on the Penguins' number one line says a lot about his skill level at only 22 years of age. Not all National Hockey League players have been able to effectively play on the same line as Crosby, and Guentzel has been able to do this effectively in only his rookie season. The Penguins lead the best out of seven series two games to none with game three slated for Columbus on Easter Sunday.