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Better Know a Penguin: Bryan Rust

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

Now forever ingrained in Penguins playoff folklore, it is good to be Bryan Rust right now. Five points in his past three games, it doesn't get much better. As you can see in his HERO chart below, he isn't really anything more than a fourth line player playing in some big spots.

He has seen time on other lines this off-season and could continue to be dangerous due to the unknown capabilities he brings to the series. The diminutive winger has already had his time in the spotlight. Are his fifteen minutes of fame up?

Name: Bryan Rust

Number/Position: #17 / Right Wing

Born: May 11th, 1992 (24 years old)

Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 192

Shoots: Right

Drafted: 3rd Round (80th overall) by Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010

Assets

Is an industrious winger with great speed and some scoring ability at lower levels. Is also a sound defensive player who can be trusted in key situations. Is tenacious on the forecheck. Can kill penalties.

Flaws

Doesn't have high-end scoring ability for the National Hockey League, which reduces him to a role player at the highest level. Lacks ideal size and strength, so injuries can also be a factor here.

Career Potential

Fast, hard-working winger with a little upside.

(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

Hero Chart

Team Possession Chart

(courtesy of war-on-ice.com)