New York Islanders Thomas Greiss 2017-2018 Player Grade

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (l-r) Teuvo Teravainen
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (l-r) Teuvo Teravainen /

Thomas Greiss had a rough go of it in 2017-2018 for the New York Islanders. What grade would you give him for his performance this year?

Right out of the gate the New York Islanders got a struggling Thomas Greiss in 2017-2018. In the very first game of the year in Columbus got a five spot hung up on him in 31:50 of gameplay. That immediately set the tone for the season.

In 15 of Greiss’ 27 games this year he gave up four goals or more. He gave up five goals on seven occasions and six goals twice. That’s unacceptable.

Greiss’ final line for the season was a 13-8-2 record with a .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average. His save percentage ranked third to last for goalies who played in 20 or more games.

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His 3.82 goals against average ranked him 86th overall and dead last for goalies with 20 or more appearances on the season. If you’re interested in advanced numbers they aren’t much better for Thomas.

He had a quality start percentage of just .360 which was fourth worst in the league for goalies with 20 or more appearances. So in just 36 percent of his outings was Thomas Greiss considered effective.

Another interesting stat I enjoy is goals saved above average. Essentially, the stat compares the number of goals you allow compared to the number of shots faced. Thomas Greiss’ GSAA was -17.85. That was fourth worst among qualifying goalies and 65th overall. All stats used are from hockey reference.

This was Greiss’ first year of a three-year $10 million contract. He’s currently the only goalie under contract as both Jaroslav Halak and Chris Gibson are UFA’s on July 1. Greiss is a huge question mark going into next year.

Are we going to get the sub-.900 save percentage Greiss or the .925 save percentage Greiss of 2015-2016? There’s no way to know for sure and it’d behoove Garth Snow to address this obvious need.

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Overall Greiss’ season was a failure. There’s no justification of a passing grade for Thomas in 2017-2018. He gets an F.