Hossa was the Penguins' biggest loss over the offseason, and there are very few single players that can replace him. Hossa has 15 points on the season, more than every Penguin not named Malkin or Crosby. Satan was signed to take Hossa's spot on Crosby's wing however. The two haven't quite gelled yet, and they haven't played every game together, but Satan does lead the team in goals at this point. He's a goal scorer and he's doing what he was brought in to do.
The rest of the new Penguins are playing their roles quite well as well. While Bissonnette has been with the Penguins organization since 2003 this year was the first time he made it to the big club. The Penguins may not need two fighters dressed at all times but together with Godard the man they call "Biz Nasty" has brought back some of the toughness the Penguins lost during the offseason. Matt Cooke has struggled with injuries, but he played very well in the game against San Jose and was rewarded with a brief stint on the Malkin/Sykora line. He's done a fine job filling the hole left by Ruutu and I see good things for him the the future.
I feel that Mike Zigomanis was a great pick up. The Penguins essentially got him for nothing and his faceoff skills are invaluable. Not only does have an outstanding record in the circle, but he's also been working with Malkin, Crosby and Staal in practice, helping them with their faceoff skills. That could pay off hugely in the long run.
Fedotenko is performing as expected. He, like Cooke, was one of the few positives in the San Jose game and he was rewarded with a brief stay alongside Sidney Crosby. I feel that he is only now coming into his niche in Pittsburgh and will only get better as the season goes on.
Janne Pesonen and Bill Thomas have played a combined total of 3 games for the Penguins this year, so it's tough to evaluate them. It's worth noting that Pesonen's line in the AHL with Jeff Taffe and Chris Minard has been quite powerful for the Baby Penguins.
While Alex Goligoski isn't on this list as he played a few games for the Pens last season, he has been thrust into a much bigger role with the injuries to Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney. He's made some mistakes, but that's to be expected, he's carrying a huge load right now.
Of course some of the Penguins best signings over the offseason were actually re-signing some of their key players. Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury are key members of this team that will be here for a very long time.
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