Gonchar will now be out for up to six weeks with his separated shoulder, while Whitney will be out for up to five months. It will be up to Kristopher Letang and Alex Goligoski to pick up some of the offensive slack from the back end. Letang will be a good player to pick up in your draft, while Goligoski could be a late round defender that does you some good.
Thankfully for the offense, both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are healthy and ready to go, so they will be a tough team to defend on any given evening. If you're looking for another sleeper pick, have a look at Janne Pesonen's numbers in their pre-season games against Jokerit
|Evgeni Malkin||Sergei Gonchar||Marc-Andre Fleury|
|Sidney Crosby||Ryan Whitney||Dany Sabourin|
|Petr Sykora||Hal Gill||John Curry|
|Miroslav Satan||Kristopher Letang|
|Ruslan Fedotenko||Brooks Orpik|
|Jordan Staal||Darryl Sydor|
|Pascal Dupuis||Rob Scuderi|
|Maxime Talbot||Mark Eaton|
|Matt Cooke||Alex Goligoski|
|Tyler Kennedy||Paul Bissonnette|
The team is allowed to carry 25 players to Sweden and will have to make one more cut, for an NHL exception 24 players for the European games, while they will have to cut down to 23 players before they start their North American regular season. The Penguins are in good shape financially, since they will have Gonchar and Whitney's salary numbers cut substantially from their final total. There will be no concern about movements when they finalize their roster.