UP-AND-COMING: 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tyler Kennedy, RW -- Considered an integral part of "the best third line in hockey," Kennedy provided the Penguins with great energy last season, but not as much production. The gritty, speedy forward has the tools to post 15-20 goals a season, and with questionable depth on the wings, Kennedy has an opportunity to showcase his talents in an increased role.
Alex Goligoski, D -- With his first full season in the NHL under his belt, Goligoski will look to be more consistent after an up-and-down season. He started red-hot, with 12 points and a plus-12 rating in 14 October games, but had just 12 points over his next 30 games. Another year of experience should help the gifted offensive-minded defenseman.
Ben Lovejoy, D -- Lovejoy has received nothing but praise in his few NHL appearances. Having spent most of last season in the AHL, Lovejoy will be relied upon to battle for a spot on the defense come opening night. He figures to be a sixth defenseman, but it will be up to him to show otherwise.