With the regular season for the Pittsburgh Penguins concluded, there are people who will be balloting all sorts of awards for the 2019-2020 regular season. The postseason of 24 teams will begin at some point in the summer in either late July or early August.
The NBA is now targeting that now as well and it is unknown when the MLB will as well, but that is not the most important thing here at the moment. What’s important is that, who on the Pittsburgh Penguins deserves some awards for the 2019-2020 regular season?
Rookie of the Year
The Rookie of the Year Award goes to John Marino, Defenseman. He was the only rookie who did anything on the roster this season and this comes as no surprise. Marino might have also been the best defensive player on the blue line as well this season.
He played in 56 games and scored six goals and recorded 20 assists. His plus/minus was 20.
Defensive Player of the Year
The Defensive Player of the Year Award goes to John Marino, Defenseman. Yes, I know Kris Letang had a good year, but he always has his hiccups. The defense went to shambles when John Marino was injured. Letang did play in 61 games though and scored 15 goals and recorded 29 assists. His plus/minus rating was even.
This year’s Team MVP goes to Evgeni Malkin, Centerman. He had a bounce-back season after having a rough 2018-2019 season. Malkin scored 25 goals and recorded 49 assists. He led the team with 74 points. His plus/minus was 7. Evgeni Malkin also played in 55 games.
He stepped up big time in games this season when captain Sidney Crosby was hurt, who is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this hockey team. Crosby played in 41 games this season. He scored 16 goals and recorded 31 assists this season. His plus/minus was -8.
Goalie of the Year
The Goalie of the Year is Tristan Jarry. Jarry started in 31 games and he appeared in 33 of them. He was even an All-Star this season for the Metropolitan Division. Jarry’s record was 20-12-1 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA, along with three shutouts.
The Biggest Surprise Award goes to Jared McCann, Centerman/Winger & Brandon Tanev, Winger. McCann was a beast once again this season and he has continued to step up time and time again. Jared McCann played in 66 games this season. He scored 14 goals and recorded 21 assists. His plus/minus was 6. McCann can play anywhere in the lineup and can do anything and everything the coaching staff, lead by Mike Sullivan asks him to do.
As for Brandon Tanev, no one knew what to expect from him. Was he going to be an overpaid player who couldn’t produce? Well, Tanev played in 68 games this season. He scored 11 goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus was -1. Brandon Tanev was also effective on the third and fourth lines, along with the penalty kill.
Schultz was the best defenseman on the team a couple of years ago when the won the Stanley Cup Title in 2017 against the Nashville Predators in six games. Justin Schultz was on a contract year and it may be possible that General Manager Jim Rutherford may not give him a contract extension.
Schultz played in 46 games this past season. He only scored three goals and recorded nine assists. His plus/minus was -13.
As for Matt Murray, he is also on a contract year. Murray was almost dealt at the trade deadline on February 24 to the Colorado Avalanche. He may be traded in the offseason anyway. Murray doesn’t have the durability to be paid big-time bucks despite winning two Stanley Cups in his illustrious career.
Matt Murray started and played in all 38 games this past season. His record was 20-11-5 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA, along with one shutout. We will see what happens with him and we will see what Head Coach Mike Sullivan rides with heading into the postseason in the qualifying round against the Montreal Canadiens.
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