Pittsburgh Penguins Midseason Grades: The New Additions

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Dec 18, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing

Blake Comeau

(17) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Comeau #17

When he was signed on a one year $700,000 contract it was assumed that Comeau would reinforce the Pittsburgh Penguins third or fourth line. However, with the lack of top six wings the Penguins had at the start of the season Blake Comeau assumed that role and had been skating alongside Evgeni Malkin.  

“He’s shocked me with his offensive instincts and shot” – Dan Wingard

Though 32 games Comeau produced 11 goals, 8 assists for 19 points and was a plus 6 skater. What is very surprising is the physical play he was able to bring while contributing offensively. He still (despite missing the last ten games) is second on the team with 97 hits.

Dan Wingard – A

Scott Engstrom – A

Michael Pityk – A+

Overall Grade: A

Blake Comeau has been a pleasant surprise and has brought a great combination of physical play with soft hands. His presence has been sorely missed since leaving the lineup ten games ago.