When Jordan Staal was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 22, he was swapped for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the eighth selection in the first-round. But for Dumoulin, 20, a defenseman out of Boston College, stepping into Consol Energy Center isnít stepping into any sort of shadow.
ďHeís my way in as a defenseman, and itís my first year pro,Ē he said. ďIím looking to gain all the knowledge I can right now, and hopefully thereís no pressure on me trying to live up to Jordan Staal, and just me being the player I am, the player they traded for.Ē
But Penguins assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald said feeling that pressure isnít out of the question.