Kris Letang Proud to Be Back at an Elite Level
Michelle Crechiolo for Pensinsidescoop interviewed Kris for a piece she wrote on his perspective and outlook as he’s proud to be back playing at an elite level.
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Entering this year, Letang was hopeful he would be able to put those rough two seasons behind him. And while he had a decent first part of the season – collecting points on a regular basis and skating a ton of minutes in all situations, as per usual – it wasn’t up to his high standards.
“Too many ups and downs at the beginning of the year,” Letang said. “I had one good game, one average game.”
Letang was then sidelined for nine of 10 games from Dec. 5-21 due to injury, and during that time the Penguins made a coaching change, replacing Mike Johnston with Mike Sullivan.
While Letang has missed a couple of games with injuries since returning to the lineup on Dec. 26 at Minnesota, overall the defenseman has absolutely thrived in the last month-plus since.
Letang leads NHL defensemen with 19 points (5G-14A) since Dec. 26. Overall, his assist in Pittsburgh’s last game before the break — a 2-0 win over New Jersey on Tuesday — gives him points in 27 of his last 29 games (5G-24A). Overall, he ranks first among Pens defensemen with 33 points and leads the team with 27 assists.
“Consistently, right now it’s been the best all year,” he said.
When asked what part Sullivan has played in helping him find his game, Letang said the structure has helped.
“The structure is something we’ve worked on,” he said. “And making sure everybody is on the same page. Just the fact that you have a new face coming in, a new coach, you kind of put urgency in your game. You want to prove yourself. You want to show what you’re capable of doing.” Source