The Pens Continue To Look The Right Mix

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Sheahan Joins Kessel And Brassard on Penguins Third Line

The Pens Continue To Look For The Right Forward Mix

March 09, 2018 - 4:36 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The FAN) - With mounting injuries and the addition of forward Josh Jooris, Riley Sheahan has been moved back to the Penguins’ third line.  

For the majority of the season, Sheahan was the team’s third line center. But with the acquisition of Derick Brassard before the trade deadline, Sheahan was sent to the fourth line.

But Shehan’s reemergence on the third line will be at on Brassard’s wing. He will play opposite Phil Kessel as well. Jooris, who took his first practice with Pittsburgh on Friday, centered the fourth line with Tom Kuhnhackl and Carter Rowney.

“I don’t think I can change up my play much,” Shehan said after Friday’s practice. “Just playing with two guys who are great players and pretty offensive, I think you just try to help them out and get in the corner, retrieve pucks for them and find them.

Sheahan’s role on the third line comes as versatile winger Bryan Rust has been diagnosed with a concussion. Forwards Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon are both dealing with injuries as well.

“We think Riley’s playing extremely well at both ends of the rink,” Mike Sullivan said. “He’s got a defensive conscious to his game, so he brings an element of just conscientious play, being harder to play against. We believe he has the offensive instincts to play with those guys.”

Sheahan has 26 points this season, including five in his last eight games.

“It’s going to be a little different positionally,” he said. “I’m just going to have to adjust to that, but it’s something I’ve done in my past and I’ve done for the last three games or so, kind of randomly. So, it’s just keeping my head up, look for those guys and look to make some offensive plays.”​