Ilya Bryzgalov a Phoenix fans scouting report
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03-05-2012, 03:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Bryzgalov has been playing a lot better as of late. Since the all-star game his stats are: 13GP, 6W, 3L, 2OTL, 2.03 GAA, .920 save %, although there has been a couple of stinkers in there as well. He seems to be doing better since he has been starting almost every game. Hopefully as a Flyers fan he keeps it up.
I like how Phoenix plays a very strong defensive system game. With that style, the goaltending isn't quite as important and you can get away with a cheaper option as it is not worth investing a ton of money into the small difference an average goalie and a premier (not saying Bryz was a premier goalie) goaltender will give you. The Flyers always approached it as if the goalies did not matter but never really ran a system that this point was true for, in a run and gun type system the goalie is very important to save the team from the many chances they will also give up. Of course I haven't seen enough Phoenix games to rule out the fact Smith may have improved his game to the point where he is playing like a star goalie.
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