James Neal, the Penguins' newest hope to fill their need for a long-term impact winger, scored a considerable endorsement Wednesday morning.

"I've (always) liked him," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "He's a good player."

A left wing with at least 20 goals in three NHL seasons, Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen were acquired from Dallas on Monday in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski. In his first game with the Penguins last night against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center, Neal skated on a line with center Jordan Staal and right wing Pascal Dupuis.