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Kris Letang  #58

Pittsburgh Penguins  Defenseman
NUMBER: 58 BIRTHDATE: April 24, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Montreal, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: PIT / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (62nd overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Letang scored back-to-back shootout-clinching goals last season becoming the first NHL defenseman or rookie to accomplish the feat. He went five for eight in shootout attempts on the season and tied for seventh overall in the League; his most notable score was against Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in front of more than 71,000 fans with snow falling at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic. <br /> <br /> He played with YoungStar sophomore teammates Marc Staal and Andrew Cogliano on Canada's gold medal winners at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships, serving as captain in 2007. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On wanting to improve: &quot;I've always wanted people to say, 'You're a good team player.' I'm always asking somebody if I could do something better. The guys tease me about it. I guess it's funny. But that's how I've always learned.&quot; <br /> <br /> On changing up his shootout strategy to return to last season's success: &quot;I should do my move quicker and get it high quicker. Of course, I'm going to try some other stuff, but you have to analyze the goalie every time. A lot of them give you the backhander, so if you can get it high quick, it usually works. But maybe I'm going to start mixing it up.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being a Penguins fan growing up: &quot;I was never really a Canadiens fan, though I watched all the games because I loved hockey. Mario Lemieux was my favorite player when I was young. He comes in the locker room sometimes. It's always great to see him.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar: &quot;He has all the potential in the world. He sees the ice very well, great hands. The only part he's missing is experience, and obviously he's not going to gain it in a year.&quot; <br /> <br /> <!--<a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3604260">Regime Change</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=392391&cmpid=rss">Ovechkin Feeling Like Himself Again</a><br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/19/AR2008121903172.html">Caps' 'Monster' is Scary Good</a><br /> <br />--> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://penguins.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=22543">PensTV: Scavenger Hunt</a><br /> <br />
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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday