Who replaces Hornqvist in net-front power play role?

Who replaces Hornqvist in net-front power play role?
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a goal against Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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