Pittsburgh Penguins Midseason Grades: The New Additions

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Oct 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie

Thomas Greiss

(1) during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Greiss #1

One of the most interesting players that the Pittsburgh Penguins brought in. He was signed over the offseason to a one year contract to backup starter Marc-Andre Fleury. Since his signing, opinions have been mixed. 

“Not a shut down guy, but he makes some good saves” – Scott Engstrom

Thomas Greiss has posted respectable numbers in his eight games played. He won four games, lost two and lost two in overtime for an overall record of 4-4. In those contests he has played his way to a .919 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. He is talented, maybe more so than Jeff Zatkoff who he replaced. Without sufficient icetime it is hard to evaluate Greiss.

Dan Wingard – B

Scott Engstrom – B-

Michael Pityk – C+

Overall Grade: B-

While Greiss has the talent, he is clearly not comfortable playing in Pittsburgh and much of that is due to not being on the ice. At this point why did the Pittsburgh Penguins feel to sign him just to sit him on the bench. Limited time with the defense has caused for lackluster play and mediocre statistics. With more games played I think Thomas Greiss will improve, but under Mike Johnston I doubt that will happen.

What do you think Pittsburgh Penguins fans? Did we get the grades right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Also let us know if you like this format of grading with multiple viewpoints!