Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Link to an article about the Best in the NHL 2010-2011 season

http://thehockeywriters.com/you-vote-best-nhl-goalie-of-the-2010-2011-season/



Snippet about Letang from the article:

Kris Letang came away with the most amount of votes in the You Vote: Best NHL Defenceman series, making him the winner.

After taking the first round with a total of 18 votes. His 26 second round votes put him at the top once again, making it a Pittsburgh Penguins sweep through the first two series of voting. A total of 40 people voted in the second round, meaning Letang held an outstanding 65 percent of the votes.

Letang, 24, played in all 82 games during the regular season. He finished with eight goals and 42 assists for a total of 50 points, along with a plus-15 rating.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Kris Letang: A-. the end, I decided not to be blinded too much by his poor finish. Yes, he really did slip in the second half. Why? My guess is he was overworked. I think the coaching staff is going to have to manage his minutes a little better next year. But even given all that, the guy still finished tied for seventh in points by a defenseman. Not too shabby, eh? He played with a physical edge. He was in the Norris conversation for most of the season. What more could you have asked, other than a stronger finish?

Source:
http://www.faceoff-factor.com/2grading-the-pens/4210/penguin-season-grades-defensemen

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Older pic of #58 (May 2010)

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Kris Letang's day with the Stanley Cup

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Pittsburgh Penguins Season Grades: Kris Letang

In today’s Penguins Puck’s Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Season Grades, we’ll take a look at the season of defenseman Kris Letang.

Grading scale: The grading scale will range from A+ down through F, with half grades (+/-) included.

The players will be graded on their overall season performance, as well as how they performed compared to their potential, talent level and expectations.

What a tale of two halves for this kid.

The fleet-footed 24-year-old assumed a much larger role with the Penguins in 2011 than he had before, thanks to the departure of offensive powerhouse and power play specialist Sergei Gonchar.

Letang thrived in that role through the first 41 games of the season. He amassed 37 points in the first half of the season and, having already set career highs in points and assists, established himself as an early-season Norris Trophy candidate as best overall defenseman in the NHL.

Letang was playing with an unmistakable swagger. He accounted for half of the Penguins’ best defensive pairing along with Brooks Orpik.

Then came “The Injury.” When Sidney Crosby went down with a concussion, so did Letang’s numbers and any chance of the French-Canadian actually being nominated for the Norris.

In his final 41 games, Letang scored just two goals and 13 points. The defenseman finished the season a +15, but was a -8 in the second half.

He was an even zero in the playoffs and recorded four points in seven games. He quarterbacked a power play that scored just once in 34 chances, and looked more like Alex Goligoski in his own end than the Kris Letang that played in the first half of the season.

In my Midway Marking Period, I gave Letang an A+ for his efforts in the first half of the season. He deserves nothing more than a C- for his second half, so I guess he’s earned himself an B for his season on the whole.

Expect bigger and better things from Letang next season once Crosby and Malkin are healthy again.

I fully expect him to live up to the 4-year, $14 million deal he signed before the 2010-11 season.


Source:
http://www.penguinspuck.com/20110509-pittsburgh-penguins-season-grades-kris-letang/

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