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Better Know a Penguin: Chris Kunitz

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As the passenger to the Sidney Crosby show, Kunitz has caught an awful lot of flack for being good enough to keep up with the generational great. Regardless of how his legs move now, Kunitz still drives play and is still a valuable piece to this team.

When people talk about the complimentary players on the Penguins, Kunitz is the first player to be named. It may not seem like much but on a squad that thrives off of those players, it carries a lot more weight.

Name: Chris Kunitz

Number/Position: #14 / Left Wing

Born: September 26th, 1979 (36 years old)

Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 194

Shoots: Left

Drafted: Originally signed with Anaheim as an undrafted free agent April 1, 2003.

Assets

Is a great forechecker and hitter. When on top of his game, he complements skilled forwards very well. Provides some grit and can be a factor on special teams.

Flaws

Can go into prolonged scoring slumps, and his streakiness is getting worse as he ages. Passes up too many shots. Isn't very big by today's NHL standards, so he tends to wear down.

Career Potential

Veteran complementary winger in decline.

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

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(courtesy of war-on-ice.com)