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Pens Points: Waiting Game

We look ahead to the draft, Maatta may be close to returning, and the fourth line wants to contribute. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Here are your Pens Points for this Wednesday morning...

In what’s become a rarity in the Crosby — Malkin era, the Penguins are still holding onto their first-round draft pick for the 2019 NHL Draft. So, let’s take a look at some players the Penguins may be interested in based on draft pick positioning. [Pensburgh]

Many of the players who started with the Penguins at the start of the season have since departed the team via trade. What are these players doing now? [Pensburgh]

The Penguins have been struck with injuries throughout the season. That’s not a surprise. But the team does have plenty in reserve to get the job done. [Trib Live]

One player who is hopeful to return for Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators is defenseman Olli Maatta. [Trib Live]

Remember when the Pens were allowing short-handed goals left, right, and center? Now, they are scoring shorties in bunches. [Trib Live]

Playoff positioning and location in the standings matters now more than ever, but the team, and Sidney Crosby, are trying to mind their own. [Trib Live]

Matt Cullen and the fourth line really want to contribute more as the playoffs draw closer. [Post-Gazette]

Nick Bjugstad has a baby on the way with the playoffs right around the corner. [Post-Gazette]

Teddy Blueger keeps coming up again and again in big moments, showing he belongs in the big leagues. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The amount of 30-goal scorers has increased this season. Will this trend continue into the future? [The Hockey News]

The Tampa Bay Lightning and head coach Jon Cooper have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. [Raw Charge]