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NHL Power Rankings: Pre-Training Camp Edition

By Matt Barbato
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Dec 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) moves the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

12. Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins made the biggest move of the offseason by trading top prospect Kasperi Kapanen and an additional first-round pick for Phil Kessel. Watching Kessel potentially play alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the new overtime 3-on-3 format could be really exciting.

Pittsburgh can score and added good depth in Nick Bonino and Eric Fehr. They did lose Paul Martin defensively, but are hoping Kris Letang and Olli Maatta can return strong from injury.

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The question isn’t whether Pittsburgh can make the playoffs anymore. It’s all about winning cups as Crosby and Malkin are in the prime of their careers. The biggest roadblock could be the erratic Marc Andre-Fleury.

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