2015-16 Season: Thomas Greiss had a breakout year, setting career highs in games played (41), wins (23) and save percentage (.925). Greiss was an essential piece in the Islanders’ goalie platoon, becoming the starter down the stretch in wake of an injury to Jaroslav Halak.
Greiss’ breakout season continued into the playoffs, as he helped the Islanders advance to the second round for the first time since 1993. His numbers were good – .923 SV%, 2.36 GAA – but undersold his contribution in the Florida Panthers series.
Greiss saw a lot of rubber against the Panthers, making 40+ stops in three of the six games, including back-to-back wins in Games 5 and 6. He came up clutch when the Islanders needed him, stealing Game 5 despite a relentless 48-shot barrage from the Panthers.
He had a strong showing with Team Germany in the IIHF World Championships, helping Germany upset Team USA in round-robin play and advance to the quarters for the first time since 2011.
For his efforts during the season, playoffs and Worlds, Greiss was named to Team Europe at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Highlight Reel Moment: Penalty shot save in Game 5 against Florida
The Look Ahead: The key for Greiss is to build off of last season and cement his status as a starter in the NHL. He played nearly 52 games last year between the regular season and playoffs (before playing for Germany at the World Championships), but that was by far the most NHL action he’d seen in one year. Playing a full load - and displaying that same consistency - would put to bed any doubts that he can handle big minutes.
Composure is one of Greiss’ best assets. Nothing seems to rattle him, nor does he back down from a big moment like starting the season opener, season finale or first game of the playoffs. He just plays his game and looks relaxed doing it. The Islanders have three goalies currently on one-way contracts, so Greiss’ easy-going nature, but competitive play on the ice will come in handy as the Islanders work out playing time between the three.