Reirden expects Marino to build on strong rookie season

PITTSBURGH — Remember the fall of 2019, when just about everyone who pays attention to the Penguins was surprised by how easily John Marino adapted to the NHL just months after completing his junior year at Harvard?

(Just about everyone except the scouts who’d prodded Jim Rutherford to acquire his rights from Edmonton, that is.)

Well, imagine how opponents felt as they were watching a guy who hadn’t even been an afterthought for most of them going into the season.

Actually, you don’t have to imagine.

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