Three two-goal games in his last four games. Nine points in his last four games. Eight goals in the month of January.
Yeah, it makes sense that Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Conor Sheary is this week’s NHL “First Star.”
— NHL (@NHL) January 23, 2017
In the four games that the undrafted Sheary has a league-best nine points (6G, 3A), the Penguins have gone 4-0, beating the Metro division-leading Washington Capitals, the Montreal Canadiens, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins.
This season, Sheary has 34 points in 39 games — 17 goals and 17 assists — and ranks 12th in the NHL in average goals per game (0.44) and 20th in the league in points per game (0.87). And all this despite the fact that he’s missed seven games this season with an injury.
Conor Sheary – 17 goals in 39 games….$667,500 cap hit
Patrick Kane – 15 goals in 49 games, …$10.5M cap hit
please RT to raise awareness
— Mike Darnay (@MikeDarnay) January 23, 2017
The 24-year-old Sheary typically plays on the Penguins’ top line, alongside Sidney Crosby and, right now, Bryan Rust. Sheary seems to be a great complement as a linemate for Crosby — Sheary’s speed on the wing plays right into Crosby’s style. This season, Crosby and Sheary have outscored opponents 15-6 when on the ice together.