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The 2019-20 prospectus: Dominik Kahun

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Dominik Kahun. -- AP

This is the 13th installment in a series of profiles of members of the Penguins' major-league roster, as listed alphabetically on the team's website. There will be one each weekday until all players have been addressed.

DOMINIK KAHUN

Age: 24
Size: 5 foot 11, 175 pounds
Position: Left/right wing
Acquired: Trade with Chicago, 2019
Salary-cap hit: $925,000, through 2019-20
2018-19 NHL stats: Thirteen goals, 24 assists in 82 games.

How he fits: Kahun is listed as a center by the Penguins, but could turn up on either wing on any of the top three lines. He is expected to get a trial on the right side with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, but is just one of several versatile players who likely will audition for a number of roles during -- and maybe even after -- training camp.

Shortcomings: His relatively modest size could make it a challenge for him to hold up if he logs top-six minutes over a full season, and he gave no indication during his rookie season that he can become a big-time goal-scorer.

Strengths: Kahun skates well, has shown some playmaking creativity and is responsible at both ends of the ice. He also showed an ability to play effectively when moving up and down the lineup with the Blackhawks.

Hidden variable: Kahun was credited with 137 shots on goal last season, a total that placed him sixth among Chicago forwards (and would have put him seventh among Penguins centers and wingers). He'll probably have to shoot more to secure steady work on one of the top two lines here.

2019-20 expectations: As with so many of his new teammates, it will be difficult to set reasonable statistical objectives for Kahun until it is determined where he will be used and who his linemates will be. Regardless of those details, though, he will be counted on to bring some speed and responsible two-way play to his unit.

The big question: Assuming he gets a chance to skate with Crosby and Guentzel, will Kahun develop chemistry with those two quickly enough to merit a longer look in that role?

All profiles to date can be found here.

 

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