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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Where Are They Now - Whipping Boy Edition

In what amounts to a serendipitous move by the schedule makers, the Pens play the Chicago Blackhawks in back-to-back nights less than a month after a trade between the two sent former Penguin whipping boy Rob Scuderi to Chicago in return for Trevor Daley. To say that Scuderi disappointed in his second stint in Pittsburgh is an understatement, and so far he's continued his lackluster play for the Blackhawks. In 7 games with Chicago Scuderi has no points, a 42.9 CF%, and a 25.0 GF% coming with an extremely favorable usage (68.6 OZS%). It's as awful of a performance as most would have predicted when the trade was announced, and Hawks fans are quickly discovering why Pens fans were so relieved to see Scuderi on the next plane out of town.

While Penguin fans hated seeing him in the lineup, they loved to hate on Scuderi, and he very deservedly found himself as the team whipping boy before his tenure back in Pittsburgh was mercifully cut short. While he leaves no obvious option to take over his role as the whipping boy (Ben Lovejoy, perhaps?), the Pens have had no shortage of options in recent years as they've struggled at times to fill out the bottom of their lineup. After the break we take a look at where some of the whipping boys from recent years find themselves now.

Zach Sill - Hershey Bears

Zach Sill managed to be the anchor on a 4th line full of them during his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. A brutal start to his NHL career that saw him repeatedly avoid the scoresheet as well as an unthinkable 40.4 CF% while with Pittsburgh, Sill quickly and emphatically demonstrated that he was nowhere near an NHL caliber player, yet Mike Johnston stubbornly continued to play him. Sill managed to play 42 games with the Penguins during the 2014-15 season before he was dumped on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Daniel Winnik trade. Sill signed with the Washington Capital organization in the offseason and has spent most of his time with the Hershey Bears, where he has 2 goals and 7 assists in 30 games played.

Eric Tangradi - Grand Rapid Griffins

Big things were expected from Eric Tangradi when he was acquired by the Penguins in the Ryan Whitney trade. It's a good thing that Chris Kunitz panned out, because Tangradi was nothing short of awful during his time in Pittsburgh. Hailed as the future winger for Crosby, Tangradi managed 1 goal and 4 assists in 45 games with the Pens before being traded to Winnipeg for a 7th round pick. Currently Tangradi is having one of his best AHL seasons yet as he leads the Grand Rapid Griffins with 14 goals and 25 points in 26 games played.

Tyler Kennedy - New Jersey Devils

Tyler Kennedy was once a productive member of the "Best Third Line in Hockey" with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke and even managed to score 21 goals in the 2010-11 season as both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin went down with injuries. Whether because the team re-signed Kennedy instead of bringing back Jaromir Jagr or the sharp decline in production following that new contract, the fanbase turned on TK and after he was a healthy scratch on the way to an ECF appearance in 2013 he was dealt to San Jose for a 2nd round draft pick. Tyler Kennedy was out of hockey before signing with former GM Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils earlier in the year, and he has 3 assists through 18 games on the season.

Craig Adams - Out of Hockey

Craig Adams went from waiver wire pickup to Stanley Cup champion in 2008-09 with the Pittsburgh Penguins then inexplicably managed to stay in town for the next 6 seasons. Despite struggling offensively and in the possession game, being overrated as a defensive forward, and from all accounts being disliked in the locker room, Adams was a fixture on the Penguins's 4th line up until last season, when the 2 year contract extension he somehow managed to obtain in 2013 finally expired. These days no one knows how Craig Adams spends his time, though Pens fans are glad that it's no longer on the ice playing for the Penguins.

Brandon Sutter - Vancouver Canucks

Brandon Sutter is a member of the famous Sutter hockey family, and this has likely helped out his career more than his play on the ice. Though Sutter would occasionally make a highlight reel play that overshadowed the majority of the time he spent overwhelmed on the ice, Sutter managed to sign a series of increasingly expensive contracts as if the highlight reel plays were the norm. With one season left on his two year, $3.3 million AAV the Penguins traded Sutter to Vancouver, where he was promptly signed to a 5 year, $4.375 million extension. Sutter has 4 goals and 4 assists in 16 games so far with the Canucks and has been out of action since November with an abdominal sprain.

Tanner Glass - New York Rangers

Another one of the plethora of bad 4th line players that have seen playing time in Pittsburgh over the last few years, Tanner Glass is the prototypical size, toughness, and grit player who lacks hockey talent. To say Glass is a bad possession player is an understatement - he had a CF% in the 30's during his time in Pittsburgh that the rules of rounding dictate that we call 40.0% and has been acknowledged as the worst possession player in the NHL. Glass signed with the New York Rangers via free agency in 2014 and is currently back playing with the NHL team after starting the year with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.

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