Tyler Kennedy is not a superstar player. He's not a top winger. He's probably not worth his salary. There are a lot of things that Tyler Kennedy isn't and there are a lot of things that he lacks.
But what he does have is speed. And energy. And the fact that he plays a relatively simple game. Also, he's not Tanner Glass.
So why isn't he in the line-up?
We've ragged on Tyler Kennedy A LOT over the years, but he's generally performed well in big games, especially in the postseason. He has playoff experience and, while the experiment of placing him on a top line was a failure, he still brings something to the team.
In his career against the New York Islanders, Tyler Kennedy has scored nine goals and picked up 13 assists. Yes, that probably means nothing in terms of today's game, but it's more than a lot of players have done.
You can make the case that the Penguins don't need more offense, but Kennedy wouldn't be expected to provide offense with this line-up. His c...