Last season the Pittsburgh Penguins utilized what to many was a secret weapon to not only compete in the playoffs, but to win it all and claim the Stanley Cup. That secret weapon came in the form of goaltender Matt Murray, who stepped in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, and was nothing short of dominant on his way to claiming the Cup as a rookie goaltender.
This week general manager Jim Rutherford joined Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon for an interview, and in that interview he revealed his belief that the Penguins may have another secret weapon up their sleeves.
Rutherford pointed to forward Daniel Sprong, who made the Penguins line up last season as an 18 year old forward before eventually being set back down to develop in the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League and the American Hockey League playoffs. Sprong hasn't made any noise this season due to the fact that major offseason shoulder surgery has left him with a long road to recovery, but Rutherford expects him to returning after the winter holidays.
Rutherford believes Sprong will regain his form, and become an ace up his sleeves once the playoffs roll around, also adding that he expects Prong to become the kind of player that will record many goals at the National Hockey League level.