Jake Guentzel has always been good, but this season he has taken his game to another level. Already, he has surpassed his goals total for a season and we’re just at the halfway point. He was named NHL’s 3rd star of the week for this past week. Not to mention his contract extension that made us all smile and seemed to kick start an offensive streak in him.
Guentzel is all over the ice: defending well in his own zone, putting pucks in the net, and providing support to his linemates. Last year it seemed that he was always getting hit, hit hard, by opponents. This season he takes hits better and doesn’t leave himself as exposed when on the boards and in corners.
He’s embraced his spot on the team and in the city of Pittsburgh. We’re loving what he’s giving and can’t wait to see what the remainder of the season has in store for him.