DelPen wrote:McKeen's also lists Staal and Backstrom as lefties.
Kessel is a righty though. In addition, Crosby, Malone, Malkin, Christensen, Hilbert, Talbot, Endicott, Taticek, Hussey and Stone are all lefties. We don't have a single guy who plays center or will take faceoffs on a regular basis that is right handed.
I think Kessel will be a wing in the NHL whichever team he plays for but it would be very nice to have a guy who can take face offs who is also a righty. So I'm leaning Kessel if Johnson is off the board even more now.
I'm with you here, DelPen. The team has nothing but lefties, which will bite them down the line if they don't start correcting it now. Plus, with Crosby, Malkin and Malone down the middle, the Pens are stacked with two-way centers who can score, pass, skate and play defense. Add in guys like Armstrong, Hilbert, Leclair, etc, and you will see that, aside from Ouellet and maybe Christensen, the Pens lack a player who can be labeled as having a sniper mentality. And just because they have that mentality doesn't mean it will translate to anything.
From everything I have read, Staal and Toews are all-around players -- exactly what the Pens don't need. Meanwhile, Kessel has shown the shoot-first mentality the Pens need. He may not be a better all-around player than the other two, but he is more along the lines of what the Pens need.
My vote goes to Kessel, without a doubt.