Re: Rankings: The top 30 starting goalies in the NHL
posted at 7/29/2013 11:43 PM EDT
In response to shuperman's comment:
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Bobrovsky's best year was this year: 38gp, 2.00 .932
Rask's best year was 2010: 45gp, 1.97 .931. This year, he was 36gp, 2.00GAA and .929% or two fewer games and .002% behind the eventual Vezina winner.
Bobrovsky's worst year was last year: They tried to start him, but he couldn't hold the job racking up a 3.02 and .898 in 29 games. Much of that before Pronger was concussed. And Bryzgalov, behind the same lineup, shaved half a goal and was .010 better.
Rask's worst year was the year he had hip issues. He was 2.67 and .918 in 29 games.
In terms of sample size, Bobrovsky had played two years before this year: one was respectable (2.59, .915) the next baaad. Then he had this year out of the blue - a full half goal and .015 better than anything he'd shown previously. Three of the last four years, Rask has been between 1.97 and 2.05 GAA and .929 and .931. I don't really care what the win numbers are because it's a team stat. That's consistent performance and completely different than Bobrovsky's erratic line. It illustrates a point I've tried to make before - a goalie can get hot for a season and then go loopy the next, so if he plays 70 games in his hot season and is sent to the AHL by December in the second, I don't care if he played 70 games or 40: he's a guy who got luck. I guy who consistently turns in the same calibre of performance across multiple seasons is, to my mind, more likely a legit talent than a guy who got lucky.