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Drive to the Net: Guentzel shows speed, skill, smarts


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Jake Guentzel. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jake Guentzel is 22 going on 2, judging by that baby face and boyish enthusiasm in pinballing all over the rink.

But in paying particularly close attention to him Tuesday night all through the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames — my goodness, there wasn’t much else to watch — it’s safe to say that, if he sticks in the NHL for good this time, it’ll be because of poise well beyond his years.

And he really, really should stick.

It’s been impossible to miss the productivity the past year since he turned pro out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, whether he was tearing it up in Wilkes-Barre or now that his first 15 NHL games have brought five goals, four assists, a 31.3 shooting percentage and, on this night, the tying goal with 4:54 left in regulation.

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