Penguins

Minus Schultz, Rutherford hopes D steps up

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Brian Dumoulin, Jusso Rikkola. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Since he was signed following a stellar showing at the IIHF World Championships this spring, the Penguins have made no secret of their affinity for Juuso Riikola. Many in the organization, all the way up to Jim Rutherford, view the Finn as a potential top-four mainstay defenseman.

Well, ready or not, he might be one now.

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