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5 Pittsburgh Penguins Players to Watch in 2014-15

5 Pittsburgh Penguins Players to Watch in 2014-15

Marc-Andre Fleury Pascal Dupuis
Charles LeClaire - USA Today

The Pittsburgh Penguins possess a colorful group of players with intriguing careers. Some players are new additions to the roster, while others are guys who have been with the team for years. Here's a look at five Penguins players to watch next season.

5. Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby
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5. Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby Penguins
Charles LeClaire - USA Today

Crosby is currently weighing options to help heal an injured wrist (right). Even though Crosby claimed to be healthy during the playoffs, a source told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he was in fact injured and that the injury hampered his performance. While his injury isn't considered to be a cause for concern, everyone will be waiting (as usual) to see what the greatest player in the league will deliver next season.

4. Pascal Dupuis

Pascal Dupuis
Charles LeClaire - USA Today

4. Pascal Dupuis

Pascal Dupuis Penguins
Charles LeClaire - USA Today

Dupuis has been a solid right-hand man for Sidney Crosby, but he is getting older and currently recovering from an ACL and MCL injury. Most athletes who undergo ACL surgery fully recover, but the risk of not fully recovering is possible. Hopefully Dupuis comes back stronger and healthier than ever, but you can't help but wonder if this is the beginning of an unfortunate decline for the 35-year-old.

3. Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury
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3. Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury Penguins
Charles LeClaire - USA Today

Fleury wasn't the only player to point the finger at for the Penguins' poor performance in the playoffs, but he has been the main guy to blame for most past postseason eliminations. The reason why Fleury fails in the playoffs is still a mystery, but with a new coaching staff and blue line revamp, it will be interesting to see how he performs.

2. Christian Ehrhoff

Christian Ehrhoff
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2. Christian Ehrhoff

Christian Ehrhoff Penguins
Jerome Miron - USA Today

Ehrhoff has been a great addition to the Penguins' roster. He is talented and posts similar points to one of the Penguins' more elite defenseman, Paul Martin. With the loss of defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, all eyes will be on Ehrhoff to see what he will be able to deliver to the team.

1. Patric Hornqvist

Patric Hornqvist
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1. Patric Hornqvist

Patric Hornqvist Penguins
Kevin Hoffman - USA Today

Hornqvist and fellow teammate Nick Spaling were recently acquired in a trade from the Nashville Predators in exchange for James Neal. Hornqvist won't replace Neal's points production, but he will help change the complexion of the team. Until Hornqvist hits the ice in black and gold, we won't know if management made the right trade.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.