CRANBERRY, Pa. — I've re-watched countless hours of hockey video. I've read hundreds of articles. I've ripped through the stats, the trends, the tendencies and more than I'll ever be able to remember.
Welcome to a calculated dissection of the 2018-19 Penguins with this daily series that will take a deep dive into each player projected to be on the roster Oct. 4 when the Capitals come to town, with a hard focus on what's expected from him in the season to come. My primary aim with this exercise is to extend my own knowledge, but I prefer to do that with you. So if you've got anything to add or discuss, let's do that together down in comments.
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• Position: Left winger • Size: 6-0, 204 • Age: 24 • Born: Aug. 10, 1994, in Staten Island, N.Y. • Year in NHL: 2nd • Contract: Signed through 2018, $925,000 AAV, can be RFA in 2019 • Claim to fame: NCAA First-Team All-American, Hobey Baker Award finalist • 2017-18 statistics: 4 goals, 2 assists in 16 regular-season games; 0 goals, 1 assist in 9 playoff games