PITTSBURGH — There’s one big area in which the Penguins will miss Patric Hornqvist next season.
That’s the net-front role on the power play.
After Hornqvist was traded to the Panthers this offseason, there just isn’t anyone on the roster who can play that role in the same way that Hornqvist did. There’s no bull in a china shop who is just going to create havoc in front of the net.
During one of the power play’s cold streaks last season in November, Mike Sullivan pointed to Hornqvist’s absence due to injury as one of the factors in the unit’s lack of success.