TIOPS AWARDS RUNDOWN
| Most Valuable Player, Top Offensive Player Not Named Sidney Crosby, Most Valuable Defensive Player, Top Special Teams Player, Most Under-rated Player, Unsung Hero |
|Top Rookie, Biggest Turnaround From Slow Start, Most Disappointing Player, Breakthrough Player, Best Free Agent Signing, Best Bargain |
Biggest Turnaround From Slow Start
2010-2011 Stats: 23-11-2, 2.19 GAA , .925 Save Percentage, 2 shutouts
Analysis: Marc Andre Fleury got off to disastrous first month of the season, posting a 1-6-1 record during a sequence where his confidence was shaken and the fan base was revolting against him due to his slow start and a subpar playoff run in 2010.
Oh my of how things have changed. Fleury is now 22-5-2 in his last 28 starts and has emerged as a contender for the Vezina Trophy. Another stat of note is that Fleury has only given up 3 or more goals in a game, 3 times this season.
Fleury posted his 18th career shutout Tuesday night and has played an instrumental part in the Penguins No. 1 ranked PK unit.
2010-2011 Stats: 8-4-2, 2.04 GAA, .926 Save Percentage, 1 shutout.
Analysis: Brent Johnson played a pivotal part in keeping the Penguins leveled headed during the first five weeks of the season when Marc Andre Fleury was struggling mightily.
Johnson started the season 6-1-1, giving up 2 goals or less in his first 6 starts. Johnson also handled the situation with class as he was bombarded by the media for almost a month as his head coach also didn't help the situation too much by leaving it out there with his comments that there was indeed a goalie controversy.
Most Under-rated Player
2010-11 Stats: 9 goals - 17 assists - 26 points - +21 Rating
The Penguins No. 5 defenseman has had his ups and downs and has yet to become a serious threat on the power play but his performance this season is often under-rated by the fan base.
Goligoski is an asset off the breakout and second on the team with a +21 rating and leads the Penguins with 4 game winning goals and leads all defensemen on the team with 9 goals, good for 5th on the team. Sometimes stats are deceiving but there's no overlooking his +21 rating.