We asked Frank nine fantasy related questions about the Penguins and the NHL in general. Follow the jump to read his answers...
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Q1) Penguins Breakout of the Year?
On a team with Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis can turn out 15-20 goal seasons if in the right position, but I really think the go-to guy in this department is . If you find yourself in need of a winger, there's a chance he's still available on waivers. I say, take him.
Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Penguins?
Q3) Breakdown Player on the Penguins?
Honestly, I can't say. I know there are high expectations for Kris Letang to put up some numbers this year, so he could be a candidate. But outside of him I can't think of anyone who might be a qualifier for the breakdown label.
Q4) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
I'm calling Mikko Koivu. I don't think he'll have a 2009 Henrik Sedin-like season, but he's going to put up some strong numbers for the Wild. I'm thinking upwards of 90 plus.
Q5) Who are your First Five Picks in a Fantasy Draft?
In this order:
Q6) Best Value for Money Fantasy Goalie?
Craig Anderson or .
Q7) Taylor or Tyler?
Q8) Your Stanley Cup Pick?
Don't think I'm prepared to pick the winner just yet, but I can see the matchup being between Washington and Colorado.
BONUS) What's your take on Marc-Andre Fleury? Off-year last year & .906 career sv%... is he this era's Grant Fuhr (winning goalie on great team) or do you think he'll bounce-back?
I genuinely feel he's going to bounce back. Fact is the Penguins have never really been known for their goaltending. If anything, Tom Barrasso was that winning goalie on a great team sort of guy. Fleury will never be the guy to make a run for most shutouts in a season or even save percentage, but he can be the guy to backstop wins. Plus, I think there is a regular season MAF and a playoff MAF. I'd like to see the playoff MAF a bit more consistently throughout the regular season.
Thanks to Frank for his insight... make sure you check out Frank's work and everything Penguins over at PensBurgh.