Deryk Engelland of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be adding his face to a long list of headshots in a highlight reel soon as his hit on Marcus Kruger of the Chicago Blackhawks was an ugly one. With Kruger tied up with Pascal Dupuis coming over the Pittsburgh blueline, Engelland came flying across the zone to lay Kruger out against the boards.
It’s pretty clear that the fact Engelland made elbow-to-head contact makes this hit bad, but it’s only made worse by the fact he left his feet. Engelland was only assessed five minutes for fighting on the play while John Scott was given 17 (five for fighting, two for instigating and a ten minute misconduct) for stepping in after the play. Luckily Kruger wasn’t injured and returned to play.
What do you think Backhand Shelf faithful? Engelland doesn’t qualify as a repeat offender in the NHL but I still think this is probably a two game suspension based on what I’ve seen.