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When you start to bounce around from team to team and head into journeyman status, it is hard to finally find a place where you seem to fit in and become part of a team’s long-term plans.  Pascal Dupuis has seems to have embraced that challenge head on and looks to be a key contributor on the Penguins for the foreseeable future.

 

Dupuis broke into the National Hockey League during the 2000-01 season with the Minnesota Wild and has had stops with the Rangers and Thrashers as well.  In fact he played for all three of the aforementioned teams in the 2006-07 campaign alone.  In 2008 he was shipped to Pittsburgh from Atlanta almost as a throw-in player in the deal that brought Marian Hossa to the Penguins.  While Hossa’s stay may have been short, Dupuis has steadily improved during his four-plus seasons with the team.

 

In 2011-12 Dupuis had a career year offensively and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Penguins with all the injuries they were forced to deal with up front.  He had 25 goals and 59 points on the year and it was his highest total since the 2002-03 season.  He was also a plus-18 which tied for the second on the squad and posted 214 shots. 

 

Dupuis was one of the Pens most consistent players in 2011-12 as well.  He recorded points in 58.5% of his games played and ranked third on the team with at least one point in 48 games. 

 

Name Pos Age Yrs Team GR GP Total Points PPG GP w/
Point ↑
% of GP w Pnts
MALKIN, EVGENI C 26 6 PIT 82 75 109 1.45 60 80
NEAL, JAMES L 24 4 PIT 82 80 81 1.01 52 65
DUPUIS, PASCAL L 33 11 PIT 82 82 59 0.72 48 58.5
KUNITZ, CHRIS L 32 8 PIT 82 82 61 0.74 43 52.4
STAAL, JORDAN C 23 6 PIT 82 62 50 0.81 38 61.3

 

What makes Dupuis’ production unique is that he did it all with virtually no power play time.  He only averaged 24 seconds of power play time per contest last year and didn’t record a single goal with the man advantage.  In fact, the last time he recorded a power play marker was in 2006-07.  Where he does excel, however, is playing shorthanded.  He tied for the team lead with three shorties in 2011-12 and has seven shorthanded goals in the past two seasons.  Not to mention, he has 18 game winning goals in the past four campaigns.

 

Not only are the Penguins receiving a lot of unexpected offensive production from Dupuis, but they are getting it for cheap. He ranks first on the squad when it comes to cap hit per point.  In a salary cap world anytime you can get that kind of quality at that price you are going to have a huge advantage over the rest of the league.

 

Rank Player Pos Team GP Pts Caphit Cost/Pnt
1 DUPUIS, PASCAL R PIT 82 59 1500000 25424
2 SULLIVAN, STEVE L PIT 79 48 1500000 31250
3 ENGELLAND, DERYK D PIT 73 17 566667 33333
4 NEAL, JAMES L PIT 80 81 2875000 35494
5 VITALE, JOE C PIT 68 14 512500 36607

 

Now it would be remiss if we didn’t address some potential concerns for Dupuis going forward.  The first thing is his PIM dropped from 59 in 2010-11 to 34 in 2011-12.  I mean doesn’t he realize he has thousands of poolies counting on his PIM in their leagues?  Then he had to go and ruin that by focusing on scoring.  Selfish.

 

Penalty minutes aside, there is another more pressing issue at hand for Dupuis owners.  Although many people feel that Sidney Crosby has had a major effect on Dupuis’ scoring, and perhaps he has, but the departure of Jordan Staal could be more telling.  Dupuis actually recorded 22 of his points last season playing with Staal which counted for over a third of his total production. 

 

Total Points for Pascal Dupuis : 59
Str On Ice Line Combination Points %Total Points
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - STAAL,JORDAN - SULLIVAN,STEVE 11 18.64%
EV CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL - SULLIVAN,STEVE 5 8.47%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - KUNITZ,CHRIS - STAAL,JORDAN 5 8.47%
EV CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KUNITZ,CHRIS 4 6.78%
EV COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL - STAAL,JORDAN 3 5.08%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER - VITALE,JOE 2 3.39%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - KUNITZ,CHRIS - MALKIN,EVGENI 2 3.39%
PP COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL - MALKIN,EVGENI 1 1.69%
EV ADAMS,CRAIG - ASHAM,ARRON - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - STAAL,JORDAN - VITALE,JOE 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - PARK,RICHARD - TANGRADI,ERIC 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - SULLIVAN,STEVE - VITALE,JOE 1 1.69%
EV ASHAM,ARRON - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KUNITZ,CHRIS 1 1.69%
EV CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL - VITALE,JOE 1 1.69%
EV COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER 1 1.69%
SH ADAMS,CRAIG - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - MALKIN,EVGENI 1 1.69%
SH DUPUIS,PASCAL - VITALE,JOE 1 1.69%
EV CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER 1 1.69%
EV COOKE,MATT - CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL - JEFFREY,DUSTIN 1 1.69%
EV ADAMS,CRAIG - CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - KUNITZ,CHRIS - PARK,RICHARD 1 1.69%
EV ASHAM,ARRON - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - JEFFREY,DUSTIN 1 1.69%
EV ASHAM,ARRON - CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
SH COOKE,MATT - DUPUIS,PASCAL 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - JEFFREY,DUSTIN - KENNEDY,TYLER 1 1.69%
EV CROSBY,SIDNEY - DUPUIS,PASCAL - PARK,RICHARD 1 1.69%
EV ADAMS,CRAIG - DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER 1 1.69%
EV DUPUIS,PASCAL - KENNEDY,TYLER - STAAL,JORDAN 1 1.69%
EV ADAMS,CRAIG - DUPUIS,PASCAL - SULLIVAN,STEVE 1 1.69%
EV ASHAM,ARRON - DUPUIS,PASCAL - STAAL,JORDAN 1 1.69%

 

It should also be noted though that he did record 15 points while on the ice with Crosby in just 22 games.  One would think that a healthy Crosby playing in a full season would only make those numbers go up, but the chemistry Dupuis had with Staal still shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

Dupuis’ offensive abundance in 2011-12 could have just been a blip on the radar, or it very well could have been the start of something special.  Expectations will be high for him this season and Penguins fans as well as poolies will be hoping he can live up to them.


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Guinnies_Moustache said:

Mr Zizzla
Top 6 and Dupuis Watching nearly all of the Pens games last year, the chemistry between Dupuis and Staal was incredible to say the least.

That said, Crosby came back and Dupuis didn't miss a beat on his line and their chemistry together came right back as well. Dupuis went on the a TEAR with a 17 game point streak with Crosby back in the fold as well and as mentioned, if he gets those Crosby minutes this year over a full season, expectations will be high!

Dupuis is a top 6er on this team in my opinion. When i think of the Pens adding a player to their top six this off season (ex. Parise, Doan, etc.) i never was thinking it was to take Dupuis spot but to add that missing piece to his line with Crosby. Kunitz and Crosby have done well together in the past but the Pens top line last year will remain intact as they were great together.
Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
???-Crosby-Dupuis
Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy

If the Pens get Doan (i personally hope they DO NOT especially at the rumoured 7.5M cap hit for 4 years), he will fill in the blank on Crosby's line and not take Dupuis' spot. If they don't get Doan, that spot will be available for an internal player to step up: Tangradi, Jeffrey, Bennett or Kennedy.
That said, i think he is a lock to play top 6 with Crosby and why wouldn't he? he finished with a comparable stat line to RICK NASH and most think Nash is incredible (granted he played alone in CLB) and a bonified top 1-2 player on any team.
Dupuis 25-34-59 +18 214SOG....
Nash 30-29-59 -19 306SOG....
Nash had all the prime minutes, PP time and averaged 2 more minutes of TOI/G (Dupuis 16:55 and Nash 19:05), 92 more shots and only 5 more goals!

Dupuis was also tied for 59th in scoring with Nash, Alfredsson, and J.Williams and scored more than GUARANTEED 1st line players such as: Bobby Ryan, Weiss, E.Kane, Franzen, Callahan, Backes, Semin, Oshie, Statsny, Brown, Hall, Burrows, Plekanec, Getzlaf, Heatley and so on.....

Looking at those names above, most poolies would jump at the chance to grab those guys in a draft and i'm sure they would take all of those players before Dupuis.

Pengwin7, i think it's safe to say that Dupuis has earned his top 6 spot and i strongly believe that (if there is a season) he will score 50-60 points again next season. If he sneaks onto the PP with Crosby/Malkin, i could see a chance at cracking the 60 point mark.
August 17, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Great piece A question though... looking forward - does Dupuis fit into the top 6?
Will he wing with Crosby?
Any guesses.

I used to watch Dupuis here in Atlanta. His hockey sense is tremendous, his skill is average. You put a good hockey-sense player on a line with some talent and he is going to do very well. The Crosby impact could see him return to a 55pt player.
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