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We look at P.O Joseph’s rise, another player has been injured, and we learn that Mike Sullivan is a very common name. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

P.O Joseph was, at one point, considered the Penguins’ ninth-best defenseman on their depth chart. Now, Jospeh has exploded onto the scene and statues will soon be erected in his honor. Jokes aside, the man they call P-O Joe is having a tremendous debut season, but how has the 21-year-old rookie been able to make such large strides in such a short time? [Post-Gazette]

Defenseman Mike Matheson exited practice yesterday with an undisclosed injury after colliding with a teammate. [Trib Live]

There were several questions facing the Penguins heading into the 2021 season. Would Tristan Jarry replicate his All-Star campaign? Would the bottom-six be more than a bunch of “meh” players? Would the defense hold up with several new faces? So far, the answer to all of these questions has been a big n-o. [Pensburgh]

Goaltending has been a major disappointment for the Pens this season. The next general manager that walks through those doors at PPG Paints Arena must find a way to address this problem. [Pensburgh]

Speaking of GM’s, the list of candidates is expected to get smaller over the coming days. Take a look at a few of the names that are still popping up on some shortlists. [Trib Live]

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently hired Mike Sullivan as the team’s quarterbacks coach. This led Mike Sullivan to proclaim that there are, in fact, many Mike Sullivans throughout the world. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The list of game postponements and COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the NHL. Is it time to press the pause button on the season? [Japers’ Rink]

To put it bluntly, the NHL failed the Columbus Blue Jackets. [The Hockey Writers]

How has Alexis Lafreniere fared through his first ten games compared to other top picks in previous drafts? [NBC Sports]