Friday, August 22, 2008

28 profiles in 28 days....The Iceman

Welcome back to TST's 28 profiles in 28 days. Here's the backstories of players previously profiled:
Kris Beech....The Unwanted One
Matt Cooke...The New Ruu
Sidney Crosby....The Chosen One

This grainy, small picture may be all the photographic evidence we have of the Iceman...Well, that and it was captured for youtube. What's best about this clip: the expression on Fleury's face, "can't breath" or the constant cackling by Max Talbot? We can't decide.

Player Name: Pascal Dupuis
How Acquired: Acquired (with some other homo) from Atlanta on Feburary 26th, 2008
Draft Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Age: 29 (will turn 30 in April)
Contact Situation: Signed thru 2010-11 season, $1,400,000 million cap hit per season


Last Season Stats: (Pittsburgh and Atlanta combined) 78 games played, 12 goals, 15 assists for 27 points, [Playoffs: 20 gp, 2g, 5a = 7p]
Last Season Write-up: Dupuis was wonderful in his regular season role with the Penguins, scoring 12 points (2g, 10a) in 16 games down the stretch. He can play on the top line riding shotgun with the skill players but also has the grit, speed and defensive awareness to be a solid 3rd line player
Career Year Stats: (2002-03 with Minnesota) 80 gp, 20g, 28a = 48p

Player progressing, in prime or regressing: Dupuis' three year contract figures stretches over his prime years (29, 30, 31).
Expected 2008-09 role: Diverse....He could be a top line winger with Crosby at even strength one period, and then be in a defensive role on the third line the next period. The game situation--plus early success at point production-- could determine Dupuis to lineup anywhere. Dupper is a "glue" guy and every team needs glue guy. You can tell by how famously he gets along with teammates and makes the locker-room a fun place...But on the ice the Iceman is a professional; all business.
Potential line-mates: Pretty much every forward
"Best case scenario" stats: 82 games played 20 goals, 30 assists, 50 points
Notes: How important is Dupuis to the team? You be the judge on how well he fit in with his new mates...

"When [Crosby] eats, Maxime Talbot must sit on his left, Pascal Dupuis on his right. At a recent team breakfast in Detroit, a Penguins staffer sat down to eat, and was met with shocked stares from the players sitting around him.

"That's Sid's seat!" they said.

"He wouldn't have gotten mad or anything, he's too nice for that," says the seat-stealer. "

Interesting fact: To our endless delight Dupper took the time to spell out in hockey tape who his best buddy is during the Penguins' April 'Shirts off our backs' ceremony, just a few weeks after he joined the team.

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