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Pens Points: Holiday Hangover

The Penguins are off until Wednesday, but Pens Points is back from a holiday break.

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

Diminutive in stature and not given a great chance at success being a seventh-round draft selection, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Valtteri Puustinen looks good to anyone watching and is showing he may have what it takes to remain in the big league. [Trib Live]

During the last practice in Pittsburgh before the holiday break, Sidney Crosby brought cookies to the rink with “his mom’s famous” banana bread recipe. It’s just a tiny gesture that goes to show the kind of person Crosby is on and off the ice. [Penguins]

Some encouraging news for the Penguins’ prospect cupboard: Forward prospect Brayden Yager and defensemen Emil Pieniniemi and Kalle Kangas will represent the organization at the IIHF 2024 World Junior Championship. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

As the calendar gets set to flip into 2024, here are three bold predictions heading into the new year. [The Hockey News]

Speaking of the World Junior Championship, here are some predictions before the tournament gets into high gear. [NHL]

On the final night before the holiday break, both Connor Bedard and Trevor Zegras infused some style into goalscoring by each tallying a lacrosse-style goal. Hockey traditionalists be damned. [AP]