Jake Guentzel is on some kind of roll right now for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He scored two more goals on Monday night in the Penguins’ 6-1 win over the Seattle Kraken, which came just two days after he recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Those two performances are part of a dominant stretch that began back at the start of November.
Since Nov. 1 Guentzel now has 14 goals, nine assists, and 23 total points in 17 games, bumping his overall season numbers to 15 goals, 12 assists, and 27 total points, leading the team in goals and total points. Since Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin joined the team one of them has led the team in scoring every single season, but Guentzel looks poised to end that streak this season as he has opened up a substantial lead on everybody else. Granted, injuries to Crosby and Malkin have helped that, but Guentzel finished just a handful of points behind Crosby a year ago when both were in the lineup all year. It would be a fitting development as Guentzel has not only become one of the Penguins’ core players, he might even have future captain potential for the post-Crosby/Malkin era.
But it is not just Pittsburgh where Guentzel is a top player.