Research Thread for NHL Award and All-star Voting
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06-19-2009, 02:44 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
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The guy made his season off a great December. From January to April he posted a .904 SV% and the Blue Jackets got below average goaltending. It'd be a different story if his overall play over the season was a higher level than most other goalie but it wasn't.
When you consider the type of defense Columbus plays (call it the Pascal Leclair effect) there's no chance in my mind that he was the fourth most valuable player in the league this year.
That's not to say he's not a good young player with a bright future but a month and a half of outstanding play to me isn't enough to be the fourth most valuable player in the league.
It's similar to how Shea Weber came so close to being a 2nd team all star - an outstanding run early in the season got the writers' attention, then they were too lazy to notice him falling back to Earth.
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