This is a nice pick. The Penguins looked like a top team as the season started, and they basically ended it that way. The surprise was in how they got there. The Pens suffered a bout of early-season ineffectiveness by Marc-Andre Fleury, who rebounded to finish the year as one of the NHL's top goalie. Meanwhile, they lost their two best players, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, to injuries that turned out to be season-ending, and lost several other key contributors on top of that. There was a point when the Pens were calling up what seemed like every forward they had from the minors, and somehow they just kept winning.â†µ
The Pens had a rather early playoff exit, but that shouldn't distract us from the fact that the team overachieved this year. Congratulations to Bylsma.