Bryan Rust
Bryan Rust
26-Year-Old Right WingRW
Pittsburgh Penguins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Still without a point
RWPittsburgh Penguins
October 16, 2018
Rust failed to register a point in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.
ANALYSIS
It's early so being without a point is still not a huge cause for concern. Nonetheless, Rust's owners had to have hoped for a better start than the one the 26-year-old forward has delivered them. Pointless in five games and playing to a minus-4 rating, Rust has been a no show early on and even saw a season-low 13:30 of ice time Tuesday night. He'll look to open his account Thursday when the Penguins visit Toronto.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#3 Right Wing
PIT RW PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:38
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:38
0:12
0:44
2017–18
16:03
0:46
1:24
2018–19
15:38
0:02
2:14
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Signs long-term deal
RWPittsburgh Penguins
June 26, 2018
Rust agreed to terms on a four-year, $14 million contract with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
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Blanked in second round
RWPittsburgh Penguins
May 10, 2018
Rust failed to register a single point during Pittsburgh's second-round exit courtesy of Washington.
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Seals series-clinching game
RWPittsburgh Penguins
April 23, 2018
Rust found the back of the empty net to finalize the Pens' 8-5 win over the Flyers on Sunday.
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Lights lamp in Game 5
RWPittsburgh Penguins
April 21, 2018
Rust opened the scoring for the Penguins in Friday's eventual 4-2 loss to the Flyers.
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Shines in playoff opener
RWPittsburgh Penguins
April 12, 2018
Rust potted a goal to complement a plus-5 rating Wednesday, as the Penguins blasted the Flyers at home 7-0 in the playoff opener.
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