With all the changes in Pittsburgh I've been somewhat surprised to hear so little talk of Kennedy. He'll be entering his third year in the NHL, and last season I thought he was becoming a quality player. He won't be a point a game guy or a big goal scorer, but I think he can at least fill Talbot's role on Malkin's line.
That's my Kennedy fandom set on low, I think the kid has top 6 forward written all over him. He's not a pure shooter or a power forward, but he can be a 20 goal scorer (he had 15 in 67 games last year) and he's got great drive and speed. I expect him to get plenty of opportunity this year, and I hope he can take advantage of it. He turns 23 in a week and I can see him being a great forward for this team for years. I especially think he has the tools to work well with Malkin and Fedetenko on the second line. I guess we'll see.