Jake Guentzel

Mark Allan

2018-03-31

 

Jake Guentzel, C/LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180

Born: 1994-10-06

Hometown: Woodbury. MN, USA

Drafted: 2013 by Pittsburgh, 77th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – The opportunistic forward’s numbers suffered while coach Mike Sullivan employed him as a third-line center much of the season. With the acquisition of Derick Brassard, Guentzel went back with Sidney Crosby full time and his production improved. 21 goals and 47 points in 78 games only hint at Guentzel’s potential. Expect another strong postseason performance and a leap forward in 2018-19. Mark Allan

January 2018 – After erupting in Pittsburgh’s triumphant Cup run and ripping it up in the pre-season with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary, the explosive sniper has fallen on hard times in his first full NHL campaign. After 33 points in 40 second-half games and 21 more in 25 playoff encounters, Guentzel has just 25 points in 51 big-league games with an ugly minus-15, among the 25 worst in the league. The good news is that his 15 goals so far give him a good shot at 20, although he’s been demoted to the third line and had just 15 shifts, 10:46 TOI and no PP time in a 6-3 win over Minnesota. Most troubling, he had no SOGs, although this is too talented a player not to bounce back, maybe as early as the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. Mark Allan

January 2018 – The sniper has fallen on hard times after a scintillating 21-point Stanley Cup performance and a powerhouse pre-season combination with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary. Struggling with 13 goals, 23 points and minus-13 in 43 games, Guentzel has been part of five different line combinations as coach Mike Sullivan has tried in vain to get him going. Team scoring has been so inconsistent that Daniel Sprong has been called up and put on one of Crosby’s wings. With bottom-six C Carter Rowney out for a month, Guentzel is being used in the middle. He’s too talented to struggle forever and any time as a center will make him more versatile and valuable to the team. Mark Allan

 

 

November 2017 – While it would have been unreasonable to expect the Crosby-Guentzel-Sheary line to continue its blistering pre-season pace, who could have foreseen the trio’s struggles once the puck dropped for real? Happily for the two-time defending champs, Guentzel and Crosby each had three points Nov. 27 in a 5-4 comeback OT victory over the Flyers to continue a resurgence for both. Guentzel’s second goal of the game was his eighth in the past 11 games, leaving him with 11 goals and 17 points in 26 games. An ugly minus-8 is a reminder of his early-season struggles. Mark Allan

 

2017 – In just three pre-season encounters, Guentzel has amassed three goals and six assists. He, Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary are befuddling opponents and dazzling fans with speed, desire, artistry and perhaps telepathy. If this trio plays all or most of the campaign together and they remain mostly healthy, Guentzel could easily hit 30 goals and 40 assists, including scads of PP points. Yahoo! lists him at LW and C, which adds to his value. Mark All