Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Season Grades: Brent Johnson

Troy PfaffContributor IMay 2, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 11:  Brent Johnson #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Islanders on February 11, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Pens 9-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

In part two of Penguins Puck’s Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 Season Grades, I’ll take a look at backup goaltender Brent Johnson.

Grading scale: The grading scale will range from A+ down through F, with half grades (+/-) included.

The players will be graded on their overall season performance, as well as how they performed compared to their potential, talent level, and expectations.

Brent Johnson’s bio says he’s 34 years old, but I’m not sure I believe it. The guy just keeps getting better with age.

In 2010-11, Johnson set career-bests in both save percentage (.922) and GAA (2.17). The netminder gathered 13 wins, five losses and one overtime loss.

Johnson also recorded one shutout in 23 games.

Perhaps most impressively, though, Johnson one-punch KO’d 29-year-old New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro in early February.

DiPietro is considered the most athletic goaltender in the National Hockey League, and the “old man” set him down with one swing.

While Johnson’s season numbers are extremely impressive for a backup goaltender especially at his age, he was invaluable to the Pens in the first month of the season.

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