Who is Bryan Rust?
Who the *%@! is Bryan Rust?!
Rust has been a shock in the Penguin's organization since he was brought up from Wilkes Barre last season. At the very least, he is a close second (perhaps even tied) for the title of most shocking behind Conor Sheary.
Rust has made a big impact on the team even in the small amount of time he has been playing at this level. So much so that at the end of the 2015-16 regular season, the organization rewarded him with the Rookie of the Year award.
However, people keep asking who he is as if they are not aware of his skill and play making ability. Supposedly it is a joke but with what he has been able to do for the team as well as the impact he continues to have game after game, it is one that has become tired and needs to stop. After all, you don't see people asking who Matt Murray is, or Scott Wilson or Tom Kuhnhackl yet these three came up to the "big leagues" around the same time as Rust and, as far as the forwards are concerned, Rust has been more effective.
Admittedly, there was not much "wow" expected from Bryan Rust. Upon his call up, he was more or less written off by many as nothing more than a typical fourth line grinder. Someone who would do the dirty work, score a few lucky goals but not really have the stats or the playing ability to make him a name worth thinking about twice.
|Bryan and Bones... best buddies and NHL 17 Masters|
His impactful play has not slowed since re-joining the team late October after an undisclosed injury required extended recovery time. Incidentally, Rust is the only player of the four forwards brought up from the minor league club (S. Wilson, T. Kuhnhackl and C. Sheary the other three) to play in all games when not out for injury. Has not been a healthy scratch (or put in "time out") once. The same cannot be said for the others. That alone should speak volumes for the amount of trust the coaching staff has in their young winger.
|Rust comes in hot on a penalty shot to score vs. Ottowa|