NHL 19: Pittsburgh Penguins Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Pittsburgh Penguins to glory with this roster?


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After winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, the Pittsburgh Penguins were brought back down to earth last summer, being defeated by the eventual champions and Sidney Crosby’s media-hyped nemesis, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby continuing their elite-level play, the Penguins are still in the battle for the postseason, despite a somewhat faded roster starting around the two legendary centers.

Sidney Crosby, Center, 93 OVR

Age: 31
Role: Playmaker
Height: 180cm
Weight: 91kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 95 Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Poise 

Sidney Crosby, and the Penguins as a whole, endured a rather poor start to the season, but something clicked within the superstar center, and he exploded back into his usual ways to carry the team back up the standings. He scored 89 points in 82 games last season and had notched 57 points through 45 games so far this season, continuing to be the player that makes Pittsburgh a playoff team. In NHL 19, he’s among the fastest players on the game and boasts an impeccable 95 rating in all puck skill attributes.

Kris Letang, Defenseman, 87 OVR

Age: 31
Role: Two-Way
Height: 183cm
Weight: 91kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 90 Stick Checking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Poise, Slap Shot Power 

For a long time, Kris Letang has been Pittsburgh’s only truly elite defenseman. While Justin Schultz has helped to carry some of the burden in recent years – but suffering a long term injury this season – Letang is very much relied upon as the team’s go-to defenseman in all situations. With 40 points and a +9 rating in 46 games, Letang is on track for the biggest points tally of his 13-year career. Given his 90 puck control, offensive awareness of 90, and lofty shooting power, Letang is a decent weapon on the blueline in NHL 19, but his lowly accuracy lets him down.

Matt Murray, Goaltender, 87 OVR

Age: 24
Role: Hybrid
Height: 193cm
Weight: 81kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 90 Rebound Control, Vision. 89 Angles, Breakaway, Five Hole, Glove Low, Stick Low, Poke Check, Aggressiveness, Agility, Endurance, Speed 

Since being given the starting role over Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray has struggled to impress. Regular injury issues have hindered him, but the 24-year-old posted a .906 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average in 49 games last season, following up with a 2.86 GAA and .913 save percentage in 22 games this season – weaker than Casey DeSmith, who has been filling in this season. But with strong attributes across the board in NHL 19 and age on his side, Murray becomes one of the better goalies in the game.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first lines start. The first line doesn’t look like much, but Evgeni Malkin, Justin Schultz, Derick Brassard, and Phil Kessel lurk in the lines beneath. Creating linkups between Letang and Crosby is the way to score points here.

NHL 19 Pittsburgh Penguins Roster

Jake Guentzel (83) – Sidney Crosby (93) – Patric Hornqvist (84)
Brian Dumoulin (81) – Kris Letang (87)
Matt Murray (87)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Evgeni Malkin

91

Playmaker Center

191cm

32

Left

94 Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Phil Kessel

89

Right Wing Sniper

183cm

30

Right

94 Hand-Eye, Wrist Shot Accuracy. 93 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power

Patric Hornqvist

84

Right Wing Power Forward

180cm

31

Right

89 Hand-Eye, Aggressiveness. 88 Strength, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Slap Shot Power, Balance, Stick Checking

Derick Brassard

84

Two-Way Center

185cm

30

Left

88 Speed, Acceleration, Agility

Jake Guentzel

83

Center Sniper

180cm

23

Left

88 Deking, Hand-Eye, Acceleration, Speed, Agility, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Justin Schultz

83

Offensive Defenseman

188cm

28

Right

90 Discipline. 89 Passing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Olli Maatta

82

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

24

Left

88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking. 87 Passing, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Bryan Rust

81

Two-Way Center

180cm

26

Right

90 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Brian Dumoulin

81

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

27

Left

87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Strength

Riley Sheahan

80

Two-Way Center

191cm

26

Left

90 Discipline. 89 Balance. 88 Strength

*Carl Hagelin

80

Two-Way Left Wing

180cm

30

Left

90 Acceleration, Speed. 87 Deking, Discipline, Agility

Jack Johnson

80

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

31

Left

89 Slap Shot Power, Balance. 87 Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Body Checking

*Jamie Oleksiak

79

Defensive Defenseman

201cm

25

Left

84 Balance, Strength. 90 Body Checking

*Daniel Sprong

78

Right Wing Sniper

183cm

21

Right

88 Durability. 87 Deking, Discipline, Acceleration, agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Chad Ruhwedel

78

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

28

Right

86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Shot Blocking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Durability, Strength, Wrist Shot Power

Jimmy Hayes

78

Right Wing Power Forward

196cm

28

Right

90 Balance, Strength. 88 Body Checking

*Derek Grant

78

Two-Way Center

191cm

28

Left

85 Discipline, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Zach Aston-Reese

77

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

24

Left

85 Acceleration, Balance, Agility, Speed, Body Checking, Strength, Durability, Aggressiveness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Dominik Simon

75

Sniper Center

180cm

24

Left

87 Slap Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Casey DeSmith

74

Hybrid Goaltender

183cm

27

Left

84 Speed, Agility. 83 Recover

*Carl Hagelin traded to the Los Angeles Kings on November 14.
*Daniel Sprong traded to the Anaheim Ducks on December 3.
*Derek Grant traded to the Anaheim Ducks on January 17.
*Jamie Oleksiak traded to the Dallas Stars on January 28.

Tristan Jarry, Goaltender, 79 OVR

Age: 23
Role: Hybrid
Height: 188cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Starter med 

Tristan Jarry has been given a taste of NHL life, but he’s not quite there just yet. It won’t be long before the highly-touted goaltending prospect starts to challenge for Murray’s crease, though. In NHL 19, if given the backup role out of the gate and blended in as a starter over the next couple of seasons, Jarry becomes a good starter, but with Murray there, he often ends up being a backup unless traded.

Years of success have left the Pittsburgh prospect pool looking rather sparse, but there’s still some hope for 18-year-olds Filip Hallander and Calen Addison. 

NHL 19 Pittsburgh Penguins Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Calen Addison

52

Offensive Defenseman

175cm

18

Right

Top 4 low

Filip Hallander

60

Two-Way Center

183cm

18

Left

Top 6 med

Zachary Lauzon

58

Defensive Defenseman

183cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Jordy Bellerive

59

Two-Way Center

178cm

19

Left

Bottom 6 med

Justin Almeida

60

Playmaker Center

175cm

19

Left

Top 9 med

Jan Drozg

60

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

19

Right

AHL Top 6 high

Niclas Almari

58

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

20

Left

Top 6 low

Sam Miletic

61

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

21

Left

Top 9 med

Linus Olund

60

Two-Way Center

180cm

21

Left

Top 9 med

Alex D’Orio

57

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

19

Right

AHL Starter high

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