CRANBERRY — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took the briefest moment to ponder the question from Pittsburgh Hockey Now, which deviated from the training camp battles but went instead to Sullivan’s decision-making process for those battles to be in the Penguins lineup.
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
“When you study human nature, first impressions are important, right,” Sullivan asked rhetorically.
First impressions measured against past performance and expectations. How will Sullivan and the decision-makers attack the handful of decisions that will shape the Penguins’ lines?
The Penguins have about a dozen forwards who could fill a third or fourth-line role, yet only four will stick around, and the fourth line seems set with the obvious choices: Matt Nieto, Noel Acciari, and Jeff Carter.
But Sullivan made a point to say others would get opportunities and how the organization will make those decisions.
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