Last week, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford made a trade sending Scott Wilson and a 3rd round selection to the Detroit Red Wings for Riley Sheahan and a 5th round draft choice.
Tuesday night was Sheahan’s first game as a Penguin and I, for one, was semi-impressed with the team’s new third line center. He got to play between Carl Hagelin and Patrick Hornqvist.
Sheahan had a total 14:47 of ice time and was able to not only be a plus but rack up his first point as a Penguin, and of the season, with an assist on Ian Cole‘s third period goal.
Sheahan also won a solid 69% of his faceoffs and had 2:18 of penalty kill ice time. To put that in perspective, he had 1:25 of penalty kill ice time in eight games for Detroit. For a guy with only 2 goals in his last 89 games, he made a pretty solid first impression with his new team.
He’ll have to play a few more games to have anyone make a real assessment on whether he’s found his scoring touch again but I have a feeling a team with this much firepower can bring it out.
Sheahan’s career high in points is 36 which, for a third line center, is borderline ideal. He had 13 goals in 2014-‘15 and 14 in 2015-‘16.
I think with the presence of better players around him, Sheahan can rekindle that pace of play and work his way back to his previous self.