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08-12-2012, 02:22 AM
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G Tomáš Vokoun

6'0, 195
Catches Right
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Played in 2004 and 2008 All-Star Games
2nd (08-09), 3rd (09-10), 5th (05-06), 5th (06-07), 9th (10-11) in SV%
4th (05-06), 8th (03-04), 9th (08-09) in Vezina Voting
2005, 2010 World Championship Gold Medal
2006 Olympic Bronze Medal
2005 World Championship All-Star
2005 World Championship Best Goaltender
2010 Czech Player of the Year

.917 SV%, 2.55 GAA, 48 SO in 680 NHL GP
.942 SV%, 1.46 GAA, 5 SO in 29 World Championship GP
.917 SV%, 2.14 GAA, 1 SO in 12 Olympic GP

Vokoun acquitted himself well when given the chance to start, and he shouldered a heavy load for the Predators. His play was good enough in 2003-04 to send him to the All-Star Game for the first time. Possibly more important to Vokoun, though, was the chance to go to the playoffs, and the Predators earned their first trip in 2004. Although the Predators lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, they surprised many by giving the Red Wings more of a challenge than expected. In games three and four, both played in Nashville, Vokoun awed spectators with his performance netting the first-ever playoff shutout in franchise history by stopping 41 Red Wing shots.

Vokoun had by then [05-06] emerged as one of the world's elite goaltenders. His picture was placed on the cover of Nashville's city directory, testifying to his popularity in the non-traditional hockey market. Furthermore, as a fan favorite, during home games at the Sommet Center, when he made a save, the Predators fans in attendance routinely responded with a loud chant of "VOO-KOOOON!"
Hockey Forecaster:
ASSETS: Is extremely tough to get a read on from a shooter's perspective because he's unpredictable. Plays a very active, ultra-unorthodox style. Can get red-hot for long stretches and has a lightning-fast catching hand. Loves a heavy workload and often makes highlight-reel stops.
FLAWS: Tends to struggle with his lateral mobility. When he's cold, he also loses his focus. That's a double-whammy. Needs to show greater consistency, specifically in those two critical areas. He's also showing signs of decline.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Quality, unorthodox goaltender.
The Sports Forecaster 2005-2006
Vokoun was Nashville's MVP in 2003-04. He followed that up with sound performances for the Czech Republic at both the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2005 IIHF World hockey championships. Though not very big, Vokoun is pretty much an angles goalie that lets the puck hit him. He is highly respected by his teammates.
Often when a player is presented as the most underrated in the NHL, it is a player that few people have heard of who is doing a good job for his team. That is not the case right now. Most people who have some interest in hockey have heard of Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers. They have never thought of him as arguably the best goaltender in the NHL.

The case for Vokoun as a top goaltender is simple. He has been the best goalie statistically in the last several years [link]. Fear the fin compiled saves percentage numbers since the lockout and finds Vokoun’s .923 saves percentage is four points higher than any other goalie on the list. In that time, Tomas Vokoun has had no Vezina Trophy nominations. The problem is that nobody has noticed him as he has toiled in obscure hockey markets of Nashville and Florida. He hasn’t been able to get wins while playing for these teams. These teams have had neither the offence nor the defence to make his job a success.

Fear The Fin:
He hasn't ever won a Vezina Trophy; never even been nominated for one in fact. His worst season was a .919 outing in 2005-2006, and another "low" of .919 in 2007-2008. A lot of this has to do with season samples of course-- Vokoun has been in the top five amongst goaltenders 80% of the time, but never cracked the top three until last year, where he was second behind Tim Thomas.

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