Bryan Rust
Bryan Rust
29-Year-Old Right WingRW
Pittsburgh Penguins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
When the Penguins traded away Phil Kessel ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, there likely weren't many people that thought Rust would be the one to pick up the goal-scoring slack. The American winger went on to set personal bests in goals (27), assists (29) and power-play points (17) last year. It will be up to Rust to prove that his performance wasn't merely a flash in the pan but instead a sign of things to come. Heading into next season, the Michigan native projects to serve in a second-line role playing alongside Evgeni Malkin and Jason Zucker, a fantastic assignment that should bring out the best in nearly any player. Fantasy managers may want to exercise some level of caution to avoid overpaying for Rust, though another 50-plus point campaign would certainly provide rock-solid fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Penguins in June of 2018.
Gathers assist in win
RWPittsburgh Penguins
May 4, 2021
Rust notched an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Flyers.
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Rust set up Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game in the third period. The 28-year-old Rust has thrived in a top-line role with eight goals and six helpers in his last 14 games. For the year, the Michigan native has 42 points (22 tallies, 20 helpers), 154 shots on net and a plus-8 rating.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:43
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:47
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:22
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
15:54
0:07
1:58
2019–20
19:46
2:48
1:38
2020–21
19:43
2:47
0:22
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A slow start to the 2018-19 campaign -- one goal and six assists in 29 games -- likely had fantasy owners ready to give up on Rust. However, after getting back on track in mid-December, the energetic winger managed to hit the 35-point mark for a second consecutive season while setting a new career high in goals (18) in 72 contests. Unfortunately, a late-season injury forced the Michigan native to end the year on an 11-game goal drought, including four playoff contests. Much like teammate Patric Hornqvist, Rust's spot in the lineup should be considered fluid at best heading into the upcoming campaign, but he should get the opportunity to play in a top-six role from time-to-time. If he can avoid another early slump, Rust should be able to threaten the 40-point mark while posting double digit-goals for a third straight season in 2019-20.
From top to bottom, the Penguins organization loves everything Rust brings to the table, which is why it rewarded him with a four-year, $14 million contract during the offseason. The hardworking winger's speed and tenacity continues to translate into opportunities playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin at different times. It's the ability to work from the first line to the fourth that makes the Michigan native so valuable to the team. Last season, Rust set a career high with 38 points, and he should be capable of challenging for the 40-point threshold again this year.
A broken arm limited Rust to just 57 outings last season, yet he still fashioned 15 goals and 13 assists -- both career highs. The winger’s forechecking expertise coupled with his knack for heading into the dirty areas in order to control the puck makes him a perfect player to line up with offensive stalwarts Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. There’s plenty of untapped potential here, but the manner in which coach Mike Sullivan divvies up the power-play minutes formerly occupied by Nick Bonino could go a long way toward determining whether you have “Rusty Gold” on your hands. Rust averaged a mere 12 seconds with the extra man last year, so keep expectations in check.
Rust is a bottom-six winger who provides energy and a few timely goals. The 24-year-old collected only four goals and 11 points in 41 regular-season tilts, but was nonetheless named the team’s rookie of the year. He capped his campaign with a big Stanley Cup run, potting six goals and nine points in 23 games, including the Game 7 winner against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. It might be unwise to count on Rust’s offense – he’s never averaged a point per-game at any level – but he figures to see regular shifts on Pittsburgh’s third line in 2016-17.
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Double snipe in win
RWPittsburgh Penguins
May 1, 2021
Rust scored twice Saturday in a 3-0 victory over the Capitals.
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Pots game-winner Saturday
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April 24, 2021
Rust scored his 20th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Devils.
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Points keep coming against Devils
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April 22, 2021
Rust had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Devils.
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Continues to dominate Devils
RWPittsburgh Penguins
April 20, 2021
Rust had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-6 win over New Jersey.
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Pots PP game-winner
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April 17, 2021
Rust scored a power-play goal that held up as the game-winner in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Sabres.
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