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Associated Press
Oct. 2, 2006


PITTSBURGH (AP) -Jordan Staal and Kristopher Letang made the Pittsburgh Penguins' opening day roster Monday, joining with Sidney Crosby to give the rebuilding team a franchise-first three teens on the roster.

With Evgeni Malkin added in once he recovers from a dislocated shoulder - he turned 20 slightly more than two months ago - the Penguins may have their youngest roster in their 40-season history as they try to bounce back from four consecutive last-place finishes.

Staal, who turned 18 last month, was the No. 2 pick in the June draft and still could wind up playing most of the season in junior hockey. But with Malkin likely to miss the first few games of the season, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Staal gives the Penguins depth, size and a scoring threat at center until Malkin returns.

"I hope I can be here for years to come," said Staal, the younger brother of Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and defenseman Marc Staal of the New York Rangers.

For now, his service time may last only a few weeks, or until the Penguins determine if he is in over his head.

Letang, a 19-year-old defenseman and the Penguins' second-round pick behind Crosby in 2005, and Staal can appear in up to nine games without that time counting toward free agency or the expiration of their NHL contracts.

Staal had 28 goals and 40 assists in 68 games last season for Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. Letang, 5-11 and 190 pounds, had 25 goals and 43 assists in 60 games for Val d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Letang is more of an offensive force than he is a defender, much like Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

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I saw Letang playing last week in Hamilton. I never had heard of him prior to that game and I was very impressed of him. He scored one of the two Pittsburgh goals. I like his style. He may be small but he is very mobile moving the puck well.
 

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:D this is all godd news for the pennguins- the amount of talent coming through the ranks and the experience we have in recchi and gonchar etc to help them along should prove beneficial for us in the next few years. I rekon within 5 years if we keep hold of all our talent we could become a stanley cup winning dynasty.
 
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