"It's a nice addition to our team, obviously," Crosby told CTV News Atlantic. "He's a great scorer, he brings a lot, and offensively he's going to help any team. So we're happy to have him, and I think from talking to him he seems like he's excited, and I think it'll be something that everyone's looking forward to this season, a lot of anticipation."
Kessel was traded to the Penguins by the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, bringing five 30-goal seasons, including 181 goals over the past six.
It is unknown if Kessel, a right wing, will play with Crosby as his center, or with Evgeni Malkin. Either way, Kessel is expected to help the Penguins improve on last season, when they finished fourth in the Metropolitan Division and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round by the New York Rangers in five games.