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Good or bad, it might be the most exciting season for the Pittsburgh Penguins since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

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Good or bad, it might be the most exciting season for the Pittsburgh Penguins since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Good: Sidney Crosby shows no side effects from his wrist injury and continues to be the best player in the NHL.

Bad: Two 35-year old wingers finally start showing their age and no one in the organization is capable of giving new Head Coach Mike Johnston another option on the top line.

Good: Evgeni Malkin stays healthy in the regular season, returns to form scoring 50 goals and looks nothing like the center who would defer to James Neal way too often.

Bad: Malkin doesn't mesh well with Patric Hornqvist and tries to do too much himself becoming a problem with turnovers, bad decisions and too many penalties.

Good: Brandon Sutter was a different center in the playoffs and the light bulb went off as a result the team gets better offensive production from the third line.

Bad: Brittle Beau Bennett continues to be cursed, Steve Downie loses his cool too often for a third liner, and Nick Spaling fails to play up to expectations as two-way winger.

Good: Marcel Goc and Blake Comeau are exactly what the Penguins need from their 4th line providing energy and scoring a few goals.

Bad: Craig Adams is still on the roster.

Good: Kris Letang takes a positive step in his maturation as a team leader and displays the hockey sense everyone has been waiting to see from him.

Bad: Christian Ehrhoff doesn't look like anything the Penguins, media and their fans expected and more like the player Buffalo was glad to let go.

Good: Olli Maatta builds on his performance during his rookie year and doesn't have a sophomore slump.

Bad: Paul Martin struggles in new system and trade value plummets as a result eliminating chance for Jim Rutherford to trade him for a top six winger.

Good: Simon Despres shows why he was a former first round pick by giving the team a two-way defensemen with a little jam and snarl to his game that was missing for the franchise.

Bad: Rob Scuderi and that ugly contract by Ray Shero gets more ice time than his performance should dictate forcing the more deserving Robert Bortuzzo to sit out more games than he should.

Good: Marc-Andre Fleury plays with something to prove, doesn't let the pressure get to him and has his best season ever for save percentage.

Bad: Thomas Greiss at $1 million produces about the same numbers as Jeff Zatkoff at a higher cap hit.

Good: Jim Rutherford realizes his team will only go so far in the playoffs and makes a deal to begin the 'In Rutherford we Trust' campaign.

Bad: Mike Johnston isn't able to get professionals to play his system with the same passion and speed as his former WHL Portland Winterhawks.