HOH Top 40 Goaltenders of All Time
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11-15-2012, 02:29 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New Jersey
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First mistake: Using GAA to evaluate goaltenders. GAA is a TEAM stat that speaks as much to the quality of the team's defense as it does to the performance of the goaltender.
I'm not using it entirely, but having such wide gaps in it is something to be seen. You can't say Brodeur was better because he had a 2.1 and Roy a 2.11, but a big difference like that says something. Then again, you can say every stat is flawed. Save percentage doesn't cancel out the goals a goalie had no chance on, they don't give a goalie an almost-win for a stellar game that his team played terrible for.
The only real way to analyze this is to actually watch each goalie, and most of us can't really say we have, especially not the older guys. Most of the analysis has to use some sort of statistic as I doubt many of the voters were around to see guys like Plante and Hall play, if they were, they were very young.
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