The numbers don't lie. As of January 22, this line alone has been responsible for 20 of the last 60 goals scored since December 20, 2016. That is 1/3 of the scoring in 14 games if you are keeping track.
Each player brings something different to the table but every dish makes the meal a success.
Right now for Sheary, it's all gravy, and he is currently on pace for a 30+ goal season. It would make him the first winger to do so since the 2013-14 season when Christ Kunitz amassed 35 goals.
Bryan Rust came up from Wilkes-Barre at the same time as Sheary. For most fans, he was seen as nothing more than a typical fourth liner. Someone who is going to get down and dirty along the boards to keep play moving and maybe score every once in a while. Basically a side dish that is okay every once in a while when you are in the mood for it. Flash forward to 2017. Rust is now a top line winger and is the only one of the four "babies of Wilkes-Barre" from last season to have hat trick (December 5, 2016 vs. Ottawa). In the month of December, Rust had seven goals and three assists for ten points.
Though not as flashy as the other two line mates, Rust earns his keep in other ways besides goal scoring. He can make plays happen and agitate an opponent to get them to make a mistake (which has become his bread and butter). In fact, it was his starting pass to Crosby that set up the tic-tak-toe goal for Sheary versus the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20.
Okay, that pass though. 👀 pic.twitter.com/5GB3kCUW4R— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 21, 2017
Then there is Sidney Crosby. The centrepiece of this hockey feast. He currently leads the league with 28 goals, and is tied for second in the NHL scoring race with Evgeni Malkin, just two points back from leader Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers).