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Pens Points: Helping The Core

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Crosby is in the running for hardware, more players have declared for the 2019 World Championships, and age is not helping the Penguins. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

In what should come as no surprise to any Penguins fan, Sidney Crosby has been named as a finalist for the Hart Trophy. [Pensburgh]

The combination of an aging core and a lack of skilled, youthful prospects puts the Penguins in a precarious position as the team looks ahead to the 2019-20 season. [Pensburgh]

Players such as Matt Murray, Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin will be participating in the 2019 World Championships next month in Slovakia. [Pensburgh]

In housekeeping news, the Penguins re-signed minor-leaguer Joseph Cramarossa. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs have been full of surprises and upsets. Perhaps the team that best personifies this “anything can happen” mantra is the Columbus Blue Jackets. But is Columbus’ success a good thing for the NHL? [The Cannon]

Jack Hughes, the projected number one pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, recorded a goal and two assists to pass Alex Ovechkin for the most points at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. [NHL]