Are goalies overglorified in Montreal?
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03-20-2012, 11:23 AM
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Using Hockey-Reference's search tools[/url],
since Price came into the league in 07-08 16 goaltenders have played at least 100 games (82 GP also works as the arbitrary limiter) and put up at least a .916 save percentage
over that span, 11 of those greater than .916. Price is in pretty good company there, but he doesn't look elite to me, at least not yet. My understanding from what people more knowledgeable than me about goaltending is that his tools (i.e. technique) is still probably the best in the league so he may move into the upper-echelon of goaltenders in the league in the future but he isn't there yet.
I wouldn't classify him as superstar either. But certainly he's very good. Even disregarding his age here he stacks up well with very good goalies (most of whom are on much better teams)
Here are the goalies sorted with 200+ games since '08 (including this year.) This is save percentage.
1 Tim Thomas .926
2 Tomas Vokoun .922
3 Henrik Lundqvist .921
4 Pekka Rinne .921
5 Roberto Luongo .919
6 Jonas Hiller .918
7 Craig Anderson .917
8 Ryan Miller .917
9 Niklas Backstrom .916
10 Ilya Bryzgalov .916
11 Kari Lehtonen .916
12 Carey Price .916
13 Johnathan Quick .916
Interesting to see what one season can do for save percentage as well. Lundqvist was .918 coming into this year and his supreme season has raised it 3 points.
Consider the D that Price is playing behind this season. The guy has played very well for us and those numbers and where he stacks up is damn good. And when you factor in that those represent his first four seasons in the league and his age, it's awesome.
I just don't get why more folks aren't happy with this guy.
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