Kris Letang suffered through last season. He skated only a handful of times before the season and was never ahead of his game. By his own admission, questions and frustrations were a frequent companion in his comeback season. The 2016-17 version of Kris Letang was on a Norris Trophy track until a neck injury derailed him. Now, with health and rest, the 2018-19 version of Kris Letang looks much closer to that Norris Trophy contender.
The Penguins are struggling. They’ve given up 16 goals in four games and been forced to defend their zone far more than head coach Mike Sullivan would like. When other star players are struggling to get out of the blocks, Letang is figuratively flying around the ice. Or literally?
Through four games, Letang has scored three goals which are the second most goals on the team and second most by a defenseman in the NHL. His six points are third overall among defensemen in the NHL.
But Letang isn’t exactly celebrating right now.