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 isnt stepping into any sort of shadow.

Hes my way in as a defenseman, and its my first year pro, he said. Im looking to gain all the knowledge I can right now, and hopefully theres no pressure on me trying to live up to Jordan Staal, and just me being the player I am, the player they traded for.

But Penguins assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald said feeling that pressure isnt out of the question.