Originally written on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 11/19/14
A conundrum, if you will...     If the Penguins have one major question mark heading into this season, it’s what the team brings back on the blueline. Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Oprik were 1-2-3 in terms of minutes per game among Pens defensemen last year and they all return. The trade of Zbynek Michalek back to Phoenix bumps Matt Niskanen into the top four.  Beyond that, well…things get dicey.  Ben Lovejoy and Derek Engelland are back & depending on what part of the season you choose to remember, you’re either OK with that, or you just ran from the room shrieking in terror. Engelland made strides in his game last year, improving his skating & puck skills considerably and putting up decent statistical numbers (4 goals, 13 assists, +10 rating) in relatively limited minutes (16 minutes per night). Lovejoy battled injuries that limited him to 34 games, but was about all you’d reasonably expect from a lower-pairing defenseman when healthy. Unti...
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