ShareThis Page
Penguins’ Guentzel gives advice to smaller players |

Penguins’ Guentzel gives advice to smaller players

Jonathan Bombulie
| Monday, July 9, 2018 3:30 p.m
Jake Guentzel leads all NHL players in playoff goals over the past two seasons.

Looking for a NHL player to give advice to smaller players in the U-14 or U-16 age ranges in an article on its website, USA Hockey’s American Development Model picked Penguins winger Jake Guentzel.

Good choice.

Starting from the day he made his NHL debut in November of 2016, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Guentzel has scored 38 goals in 122 games for the Penguins.

Among American-born players under 6-foot and 185 pounds, that’s the fourth-most during that time span, behind only Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Columbus’ Cam Atkinson and Florida’s Vince Trocheck, an Upper St. Clair native.

In the playoffs over that same time frame, Guentzel’s 23 goals in 37 games is the most in the league among players of any height, weight or nation of origin. Alex Ovechkin is second with 20.

Guentzel advised smaller players to have confidence, learn how to take a hit, hit the gym, focus on the strengths of their game and develop hockey sense by watching great players.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review NHL/Penguins reporter. You can contact Jonathan via Twitter .

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.