Dominik Kahun believes he can be good linemate for Malkin, Rust

Dominik Kahun believes he can be good linemate for Malkin, Rust

PITTSBURGH — Dominik Kahun seemed, on some levels, to be an unlikely candidate to move into a top-six role.

After all, he had gone nearly three games without a point and had scored all of one goal in 10-plus games. That's not exactly the kind of production that was going get him a prominent place in conversations about Art Ross or Rocket Richard Trophy candidates.

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Nonetheless, when Mike Sullivan decided to pull Alex Galchenyuk from the left side of his No. 1 line after two periods in Montreal last Saturday, Kahun was the guy he picked to work alongside Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust.

"I don't know if I was surprised," Kahun said after the Penguins' practice at Pepsi Center today. "I think I had a pretty good start in Montreal, played pretty well, so it was an okay decision."

So far, Sullivan doesn’t seem to be second-guessing it.

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