A balanced lineup is good and well, but it’s about time that Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins realize that Deryk Engelland is not one of their top six defenseman anymore.

The often cited reason for Engelland getting a jersey every night is his “toughness”. And that is an important quality. Engelland is a tough customer, willing to fight, able to deliver thundering bodychecks, that’s true. But is that even a good thing for a defenseman to sit in the box for five minutes, leaving the rest of the team to pick up the slack while he serves his PIMs?

Deryk Engelland may be a physical player, but with the addition of veteran Mark Eaton, it’s time to realize that Engelland shouldn’t be playing when all the defensemen are healthy.