I have nothing but praise for the series dupuis has played, he's certainely brought his A+ game...but lets be honest here fella's. dupuis has always been know to be fast and sound defensively... and a slice of pizza could score on a line with crosby and hossa....hell, i probably could
I completely agree with the original poster. No one here really knew what we were getting with Dupuis. We viewed him as a throw-in to the Hossa deal. Most Pens fans agree that we've all been pleasantly surprised. He works hard EVERY shift and is a great penalty killer. Our PK was a glaring weakness before the trade deadline, but the acquisitions of Gill, Hossa, and Dupuis have transformed our PK into one of the best in the league. I've had nothing but the utmost respect for how our GM Ray Shero came in, made changes in the organization right away, laid out a plan, and stuck to it.
I disagree with those who play down Dupuis' abilities. Sure playing with Crosby and Hossa will elevate anyone's stats, but he has the skills and instincts to play with them. Besides, Dupuis scored in Minnesota.
A guy you want on your team for the playoffs but doesn't do much for you during the regular season....
Guy you want in the playoffs? This is only his third playoffs, and he's never dominated any of those series.
He is benefiting from his new linemates in Pittsburgh, but that doesn't change the fact that he is one of the better third liners in the league. Not "better" in the sense that you have two loaded top lines with guys one the first who can all get 80+, guys on the second who can all get 60+, and guys on the third who can all get 30+. Better in the sense that he is a hard worker, he will skate fast, and he'll put up a handful of points, while being a utility guy at the same time.
He's good at what he does, but he's not winning the series for the Penguins.
Dupuis as played very well on a line with the guys he's playing with (I've forgotten their names...maybe someone can remind me =) .) He's played well, but the difference in this series are the guys around Dupuis, not Pascal himself.
Dupuis is a solid player. He was solid when he was with us, he was one of the few bright spots for the Thrashers when we swept them in the playoffs last year and he is solid with the Penguins. The guy is just a very solid NHL player and never gets any credit.
I liked Dupuis when he was with us, I thought he was a good energy guy. That being said, I make that trade 10 times out of 10. We got what we thought was a potential 1st or 2nd line player who was 20 years old. Gotta make that trade, even though right now it looks like Bourret may not pan out as expected.
Malkin, Crosby, Hossa, Malone, Staal, Fleury, and Sykora.
Those are the players who i would list in importance before Dupuis.
just sit back, and think about how frigging scary this Pens team really is.
We'd be scary too if we tanked 5 years in a row instead of making those awful teams of ours somewhat competitive. Instead we missed out on ALL of the top players for 7 years because in NY hockey is 'different'.