Erik Karlsson and Kris Letang to Partner Pittsburgh Power-Play

Published September 23, 2023 at 7:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to build an overpowered powerplay by adding both Erik Karlsson and Kris Letang to the same unit. Two of the best offensive defenceman in the NHL paired together can wreak havoc against any team in the league this season.

Both defenceman enjoy the powerplay

It was always going to be interesting on how the Penguins would assemble their powerplay units after acquiring Karlsson this past summer in a blockbuster deal with the San Jose Sharks. It is no secret that Karlsson and Letang are both powerplay specialists and it has been decided that the coaching staff wants to see how the two of them play together to start the season.


Karlsson is coming off a record breaking season putting up 101 points and winning the Norris trophy, while playing on a very poor San Jose Sharks team. He will now have the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, as they battle to win the Stanley Cup.

There are plenty of options on the table

It will remain to be seen how the pairing will work out on the powerplay, but head coach Mike Sullivan believes that there are multiple options on the table.

Pittsburgh can choose to keep the two defenceman together to create an intriguing top powerplay unit or can split them up to create two dynamic units to keep the pressure on the opponents' penalty killing squads. The most important thing is to ensure that both of these offensive stalwarts have the opportunity to do what they do best - which is put up points.

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Erik Karlsson and Kris Letang to Partner Pittsburgh Power-Play

Who will put up the most powerplay points this year?

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