Collectively, the Penguins failed to live up to great expectations in 2018-19. Despite a roster that was built to contend, they took another step backward in what's become a disturbing trend. Last year, they were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This spring, they were swept out of the first-round by the upstart Islanders.
Individually, the Penguins fared little better. Though there were a few pleasant surprises, to be sure, the players who were supposed to carry the Penguins simply didn't. Only a handful of players either met or exceeded expectations.
Below are my grades for the 2018-19 Penguins. Note that grades are based on expectation for the individual player: