Pittsburgh Penguins Midseason Grades: The New Additions

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Nov 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing

Patric Hornqvist

(72) shoots against New York Islanders goalie

Chad Johnson

(30) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Islanders won 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Patric Hornqvist #72

Patric Hornqvist was acquired with Nick Spaling in the deal that sent 40 goal scorer, James Neal, to Nashville. At first I personally was perplexed by the move and really did not understand why GM Jim Rutherford decided to make the deal. However, as time has passed Hornqvist has grown on me and continues to.  

“Everything has been good except time lost for injury” – Scott Engstrom

During the first month he was part of the most dynamic line in all of hockey. That line included Captain Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Hornqvist. In his brief 33 game tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins he has worked his way to 13 goals, 16 assists for a total of 29 points and has been a plus 12 skater.

Dan Wingard – A

Scott Engstrom – A-

Michael Pityk – A

Overall Grade: A

Hornqvist has exceeded my expectations and has been one of the best players for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. Since suffering what appears to be a broken/fractured foot against the Washington Capitals, his presence and scoring prowess has been sorely missed.