When I did the First Quarter Grades back in November, I had to add in an extra game for 20. My intent was to lop off a game for the Second Quarter, but I figured to add in Saturday’s loss in Syracuse because I wasn’t debuting the grades until midweek the following week anyhow. Technically the Penguins were at halfway after Friday’s shutout loss vs. Norfolk. I am hoping that this corrects in the Third Quarter.
Like last quarter, you will find that I refer to something called, “GF%” which is the percentage of time any particular player is on the ice when a goal is scored. The higher the number, the better. It is based off of this chart, through games from January 11 back. It includes the entire season, not just the second quarter.
Anyway, you should know by now how this works, any player that played in 5 or more games in the quarter get a grade.
Jump though if you didn’t link in from elsewhere, remember that these stats apply for the second quarter only. (except for GF%)
Josh Archibald: 19 GP, 0-1-1, -4 – Here’s the thing about Archibald. I think he really belongs in Wheeling right now. His one point in 19 games took me back as I was tabulating up the totals. But due to call-ups and such it’s a trial by fire. Grade: D
Jean-Sebastien Dea: 19 GP, 4-3-7, -1 — Probably the Penguins Rookie of the Year. Active leader in points and Dea’s 66.67 GF% leads the forward corps of players with 20 or more games. Grade: A
Nick Drazenovic: 8 GP, 4-3-7, +3 – Had a lumpy first half, riddled by injuries. Has only appeared in 14 overall games. His 71.43 GF% leads the team among active players. If he could stay healthy, the team will benefit. Grade: C
Bobby Farnham: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +1 – Pittsburgh got its first taste of Farnham’s body of work. That one goal scored in this quarter? Scored against Hershey, in Hershey. Grade: B
Sahir Gill: 12 GP, 1-2-3, +1 – Gill has seized the opportunity to shine at the next level. A lot to like about Gill’s first AHL quarter, his 71.43 GF% sticks out for one. Grade: B+
Tom Kostopoulos: 19 GP, 4-10-14, +2 – Rewarded with the distinction of honorary playing captain of the Eastern Conference All-Stars in Utica in two weeks. Kostopoulos at age 36 is outplaying guys nearly half his age. Grade: A
Tom Kuhnhackl: 19 GP, 1-1-2, E – Gotta see more from Kuhnhackl. Two points in the second quarter isn’t going to turn heads up top. Grade: D
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond: 18 GP, 0-2-2, +1 – Just two fights this quarter for Leblond. Either no one wants to test him or fighting is being slooooowly phased out of the game. His two points match Kuhnhackl’s and is more than Archibald. Grade: C
Matia Marcantuoni: 16 GP, 2-2-4, -1 – Marcantuoni is a call-up from Wheeling that is developing quicker than Archibald or Kuhnhackl. I don’t think he is more offensively gifted then Archibald or Kuhnhackl, but he’s finding the scoresheet a bit more than those two. His 36.84 GF% is reflective of his fourth line status. Don’t be surprised if you see him on the second line or higher soon. Grade: A
Jayson Megna: 9 GP, 2-2-4, E – Megna isn’t exactly setting the AHL on fire, and was banished back to the AHL in favor of Bryan Rust. In his third year pro, this is a career defining quarter coming up on the answer of whether Megna is a career AHLer or NHLer. Grade: C
Adam Payerl: 11 GP, 1-3-4, +2 – Scored his first goal, an overtime game winner, and was injured soon after. Appears to be long term. Tough luck for Payerl who needed a healthy season. Grade: C-
Carter Rowney: 19 GP, 1-4-5, E – Rowney is your atypical checking line forward who is responsible enough defensively (only 9 goals against when he’s on the ice) and his numbers aren’t flashy or disappointing. Grade: B+
Conor Sheary: 19 GP, 5-7-12, E — I wonder how much All-Star consideration Sheary received. One of the items Pittsburgh should do this offseason is sign Sheary to an NHL contract before another team does. Often nights the best player on ice you don’t notice. Grade: A
Dominik Uher: 18 GP, 2-2-4, +2 – Had a few games in Pittsburgh. Here, playing well enough to warrant the recall. You hope that the confidence shown by Pittsburgh brass relates to more production on the ice in Wilkes-Barre. Grade: B
Alex Boak: 13 GP, 1-2-3, +2 – Olli Maatta is out for the year in Pittsburgh so Alex Boak will not be sent back to Wheeling. Mark it down. His 52.94 GF% is better than Scott Harrington, Reid McNeill and Barry Goers and only slightly worse than Nick D’Agostino, who sat last Saturday in Syracuse over Boak. Don’t be surprised to see that trend continue. Grade: B
Taylor Chorney: 14 GP, 0-3-3 -2 – Went up to Pittsburgh, missed 5 games here in Wilkes-Barre, recalled again Tuesday. Is among the leaders in +/- and one of the top defensemen here. Grade: A
Nick D’Agostino: 16 GP, 0-4-4, +2 – Cutting D’Agostino some slack here with the grade. His 53.85 GF% is respectable. He is slowly rounding into a dependable AHL defenseman. Grade: B-
Brian Dumoulin: 9 GP, 1-3-4, +4 – Wilkes-Barre’s best defenseman. His +19 is second in the AHL through January 12. His GF% leads active players on the roster. Got a few games in Pittsburgh too. Grade: A
Barry Goers: 18 GP, 0-2-2, +2 — Remember the days when Goers was the seventh defenseman around here? His GF% is 43.75. If it gets to 50 or higher, Wilkes-Barre will benefit. Grade: C+
Scott Harrington: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +1 – Can’t put my finger on why Harrington was recalled several times over Derrick Pouliot at the start of the year, then when the decision needed to be made between he and Pouliot on who stayed, Harrington was sent back. Almost not enough to grade here in the second quarter, but his presence is welcomed. Grade: B+
Reid McNeill: 16 GP 0-1-1 E – Steadiest presence on the Wilkes-Barre blue line during the recall frenzy that was December. Probably one of the reasons the Pens remained in first place. Grade: A-
Derrick Pouliot: 9 GP, 5-3-8, +4 — Pouliot’s aggregate 20 points still leads this Wilkes-Barre team, even after being in the NHL for the better part of a month. Returned to the AHL on Tuesday in the Chorney swap. Grade: A+
Matt Murray: 8 GP, 3-4-1, 1.74 GAA, .937 SV% — I re-ran the formulas used to calculate goals against and save percentage twice on both Murray and Zatkoff. Some video game numbers. For Murray, you are a perfectionist if you are disappointed with these numbers. Grade: A
Jeff Zatkoff: 11 GP, 6-3-2, 1.52 GAA, .945 SV% — I wonder if, when Zatkoff was sent down to the AHL after spending the entire season in the NHL last season, he was told, “Go to the American League and be the best goaltender.” Message received. Grade: A+
These guys only played in five or less games, so their grades are, “incomplete.”
Andrew Ebbett: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1 – Wilkes-Barre sorely misses his presence. As soon as bodies heal up in Pittsburgh, you could see Ebbett back on waivers and assigned here soon.
Bryan Rust: 5 GP, 3-0-3, +3 – Was recalled and will probably stay up for Pascal Dupuis, a roster spot ticketed for Jayson Megna at the start of the year.
Patrick McGrath: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2 – First ever Wilkes-Barre born and raised product to appear in a Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins game.
Scott Wilson: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1 – Was the best player on the roster, got an NHL recall and was hurt in his first game up. Expected back from injury soon.
Clark Seymour: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2 – Wheeling body called up to play defense.
Paul Cianfrini: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3 – Wheeling body called up to play defense.
Zack Torquato: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1 — Wheeling call-up. Another player tied with Josh Archibald for points in the Quarter.
I am a terrible grader you are saying. Let me know in the comments.