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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blake Comeau Thrives in Pittsburgh by @ChicksDigHockey

Blake Comeau has been playing out of his mind lately. Injuries and illnesses have bought him precious ice time and he has not disappointed.

Being on a line with Evgeni Malkin agrees with Comeau. He potted his ninth goal just 48 seconds into Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Flames on Friday. On Saturday, in a game that was more scrappy than skilled, he netted one past Bobrovsky to tie the game in the second.

Comeau spent his first couple months in Pittsburgh getting shuffled from line to line but he seems at home on Malkin's wing.

 Remember that hat trick he had in Toronto in November? He hadn't scored one of those since 2010. Back then, he was an up-and-coming forward for the New York Islanders. Ironically, he scored his first NHL goal, against Dany Sabourin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a 4–2 Isles victory on December 21, 2007.  He established career highs in 2010–11 with 24 goals, 22 assists and 46 points, before his game disappeared in 2011.
Since then, he's been well-traveled in the NHL. Before signing with the Pens as a free agent this summer, he had stints with Calgary and Columbus. He had just 15 goals in 177 games for New York, Calgary and Columbus from 2011-14.

His performance of late, however, has made Rutherford look like a genius. 

He's made quite an impression on HC Johnston who said in an interview, ''At one time he was a very good hockey player. He had some bumps along the way, some ups and downs, and now he's really played well for us,'' Johnston said. ''He's been consistent since Day One.''

Comeau is thriving. He plays an aggressive game with a willingness to go to the net.
He's exactly what the Pens need if they're going to weather the storm without Kunitz, Dupuis, Bennett and Maatta.

From The Hockey News 12/14/14(on players who were bargain signings):
Comeau wasn’t a big name signing for the Penguins, but he’s turned out to be quite the addition.
A short hot streak which included three goals and five points over the course of four games has bolstered Comeau’s point totals, and the only reason he doesn’t take the top bargain spot is because it seems like he’s destined to slow his pace at some point. However, he is currently riding a three game point streak in which he’s registered goals on back-to-back nights.
If Comeau can keep posting points at his current clip, he’ll have billed the Penguins to the tune of a mere $13,462 per point. That’s a steal of a deal.

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