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Pens Points: Last Week of Preseason

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Justin Schultz is ready, Bjugstad has a new responsibility, and some draft picks have signed contracts. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: SEP 22 Preseason - Penguins at Red Wings Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

Justin Schultz is revved up ahead of the regular season. With the defenseman feeling healthy, he should be able to help the Penguins right out of the gate. [Post-Gazette]

Nick Bjugstad is a forward, a new father, and now he adds the role of penalty-killer to his repertoire. [Post-Gazette]

Defenseman Zach Trotman doesn’t have a real shot of making the opening night roster for the Pens unless injury strikes the blue line, but the defender has found his groove with the black and gold. [Trib Live]

The Penguins announced that they have signed 2019 first-rounder Samuel Poulin [Trib Live] and 2019 third-rounder Nathan Legare to entry-level contracts. [Trib Live]

Zach Aston-Reese is at a bit of a crossroads at this point in his young NHL career. Is he a power forward? Is he a goalscorer? Either way, if healthy, Z.A.R. could be a big boost to the Penguins’ lineup. [Trib Live]

Defensive prospect John Marino is helping the Penguins achieve their goal of restocking the cupboards with young, quality d-line depth. [Trib Live]

Matt Cullen wrapped up his successful NHL career this past summer. Now working with the Penguins as an assistant coach, he’s teaching the tools of the trade when it comes to taking faceoffs. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Goalie battles are always fun to watch (hello Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury!) Here are three teams that may have a net-minding dilemma early on this season. [Puck Prose]

The number one overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Jack Hughes, helped an overly-excited Devils fan out with some new gear. [NHL]