Meesh Shanmugam

Meesh is an attorney and one of the Pittsburgh Penguins Contributing Writers for The Hockey Writers. He also writes for You can contact him on twitter @HockeyMeesh or e-mail

Recent Articles by Meesh

Can Fleury rebound in 2013-14? (Flickr/wstera)

Fleury Passes Game 1 Test; How Long Will Questions Persist?

“It doesn’t matter until April.” “Wait until the playoffs.” “He’ll fold in the postseason.” No matter how well Marc-Andre Fleury played at any point in the regular season, his successes […]

by · April 18, 2014 · 1 comment · Pittsburgh Penguins
A playoff year spent on the bench hurt Fleury immensely. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Years Later: Penguins Core Still Seeks Another Stanley Cup

Once upon a time, the Pittsburgh Penguins were an up-and-coming team on the verge of a potential dynasty. They had a core of two superstar centers, taken #2 overall in […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 3 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Columbus has been punishing the Pittsburgh defense (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Five Concerns Heading into the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been in the driver’s seat of the Metropolitan Division for the better part of five months already. With an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot this […]

by · March 25, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
(Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Grading the Penguins Olympians

Seven Penguins and a coaching staff went to Sochi. Four Penguins will return with medals. It certainly isn’t a bad haul for the group as a whole, but the Penguins […]

by · February 24, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins
The fans in Sochi seem to be enjoying the Games (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Five Early Olympic Stories for the Penguins

As the Pittsburgh Penguins take a hiatus from their quest for NHL domination, seven players and a coaching staff hope to dominate the world in Sochi. The men’s hockey portion […]

by · February 14, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins
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Team Canada: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?

It has been a little over three weeks since Team Canada was announced for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Within seconds of the announcement, hockey fans all over North America raced […]

by · January 30, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Olympics
Chuck Kobasew has two game-winning goals in two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Game-Winning Goals: Do They Matter as a Statistic?

You know what really grinds my gears? (Thanks Family Guy and fellow THW writer, Sean Griffin) Game-winning goals. Game-winning goals (hereinafter “GWGs”) have been a noteworthy topic around the NHL […]

by · January 15, 2014 · 4 comments · News, Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Kunitz has lost a step this season. Could he be available for trade? (Photo Credit: Andy Martin Jr)

Crosby, Kunitz Selected for Team Canada; Neal, Fleury Left Out

The rumblings began back in the summer when Hockey Canada named their invitees for orientation camp. Chris Kunitz selected for orientation camp? Was it because of Sidney Crosby? Why should […]

by · January 7, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Kunitz has lost a step this season. Could he be available for trade? (Photo Credit: Andy Martin Jr)

Evaluating the Pittsburgh Penguins at Midseason

At the halfway mark of the season, things are looking good for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team is 29-11-1 (59 pts.) and sitting in first place in the Metropolitan Division […]

by · December 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Olli Maatta has been great for the Penguins, and there is no doubt that he has excelled fairly quickly for a youngster. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Who Exactly Is Playing Defense for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Entering the 2013-14 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a “problem” of sorts on defense. The problem was that they had too many talented, NHL-ready players. Back in September, there was […]

by · December 18, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Robert Bortuzzo was willing to do anything to stay in the lineup. (Photo by Andy Martin Jr)

Is Robert Bortuzzo Destined for a Trade?

As Robert Bortuzzo and his fans are quickly learning, depth can be a very complicated topic in the life of an NHL player. Depth charts are created with the idea […]

by · December 5, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Deryk Engelland should be spending more time in front of the Penguins net (Tom Turk/THW)

Penguins Finding Forward Depth in Unexpected Places

When the Pittsburgh Penguins were swept out of the Eastern Conference Final back in June, most of Pittsburgh hit the panic button over their perennial Stanley Cup favorite. Problems suddenly […]

by · November 4, 2013 · 2 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins