Pittsburgh Penguins Midseason Grades: The New Additions

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Nov 29, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen

Christian Ehrhoff

(10) skates with puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Ehrhoff #10

Some people, including myself, were scratching their heads when Rutherford signed Ehrhoff over the summer instead of further the Pittsburgh Penguins depth at forward. During the first 20 games of the season, if you watched him play, you would ask yourself the same question. Ehrhoff did not seem to fit in.

“Disappointed that he hasn’t been utilized as much as he should on the Powerplay” – Dan Wingard

However since that point Ehrhoff has become comfortable with the system and has been a very valuable addition for the Penguins. Through 37 games, Ehrhoff has 3 goals, 10 assists for 13 points and has been a plus 17 skater.

Dan Wingard – B+

Scott Engstrom – B+

Michael Pityk – B+

Overall Grade: B+

As the season progresses Christian Ehrhoff continues to look better and better. There have been rumors that the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to sign him to an extension shortly and right now that looks like a great idea. Especially since Ehrhoff won’t be looking to get rich with the Buffalo Sabres still paying him from the contract they bought out.