After a brutal 2017-2018 campaign, Thomas Greiss has an impressive rebound of a season for the New Yor Islanders this past year.
Expectations were low for Thomas Greiss heading into this year. The then 32-year-old goalie was coming off his worst year with the New York Islanders. Greiss was deemed practically unusable, with an .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average.
Statistically, Greiss was arguably the worst goalie in the league. Fast forward to 2018-2019 and Greiss was paired with Robin Lehner, a similar 1a and 1b scenario he saw the last few years with Jaroslav Halak.
On opening night Barry Trotz decided to go with Thomas Greiss and boy did it work out. Greiss was fantastic allowing just one goal on 46 shots, a save percentage of .978 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With how much Greiss struggled the year prior, it was nice to see him get off to a hot start under his new coach. That hot start would continue as Greiss was nearly just as good as his partner in crime Robin Lehner.
Five times this year, Greiss recorded a shutout which was a personal best for him. His quality start percentage increased dramatically. He went from giving the Islanders a quality start 36 percent of the time to 64 percent this year.
In 39 starts, Greiss finished with a 23-14-2 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.28 goals against average. By far the best “backup” in the league. His .927 save percentage was good enough for a tie at fourth place in the league of any goalie who played more than 20 games.
Greiss also finished fourth in save percentage. If Robin Lehner wasn’t on this team he might be a bigger story, but Lehner stole the show a little bit from Greiss this year.
This year, the Islanders went from the worst goalie tandem in the league to the best. Nobody expected Robin Lehner to be able to do it or Thomas Greiss too, especially after his 2017-2018 season.
This is an easy A+ for me. The Islanders got perfect play out of their goalies. You couldn’t ask for anything else out of either of these two guys. Look for the Islanders to run it back with the Lehner and Greiss tandem again next season.