In the end, the good feelings, the optimism and the potential ended in the same ways as the previously disinterested teams. The Pittsburgh Penguins were dismissed from the NHL playoffs in the first weeks, and the questions stacked up like all-you-can-eat pancakes at a midnight diner.
And the reaction in the following days was probably similar, too, with a bad feeling in their stomachs and promises to change.
On Tuesday, PHN graded the Penguins lines. The playoff exit severely impacted a few grades. The defensemen will not suffer the same fate, but the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie, Tristan Jarry certainly will.