A day later, we get a little time to digest just how well he’s playing (with and without Sidney Crosby); we also get a chance to ponder some of the history he’s made and some of the records he can still match or break.
Guentzel, 22, set a new rookie postseason record with his fifth postseason game-winner.
He also scored the GWG in two consecutive Stanley Cup Final contests for the Penguins, becoming only the second rookie to do so (at least in the era of the NHL owning the trophy). He’s also the second rookie to generate three multi-goal games.
The Nebraska native is already putting up some of the best numbers of any U.S.-born rookie. His 19 points sets a new mark for American rookies and his 12 goals do the same.
More to come?
Guentzel is chasing Dino Ciccarelli for some NHL-wide rookie records from any country. Guentzel’s 12 goals aren’t far behind Ciccarelli’s rookie record for tallies (14) and he’s close to matching his points (19 vs. 21).
As a reminder, the Penguins have Guentzel locked up to his ridiculously cheap entry-level contract through 2018-19, so he could continue to make a difference for Pittsburgh even once he’s no longer chasing rookie records.