Worst Playoff Performer to Win the Smythe
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11-18-2012, 04:07 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2003
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Cam Ward? Hasn't been spectacular outside of the '06 run, where the Smythe should have realistically gone to Brind'Amour or Pronger anyways.
Thing there is that Cam's been putting up solid numbers behind a team that's average at best with a defense that's mediocre at best. His 08-09 playoffs (2.22/.927) were going better then his 05-06 playoffs (2.14/.920) until he got injured in game 1 vs the Pens. And, aside from the season he was injured, he's been a 30+ win goalie each year on a team that's notoriously poor at the shootout (not that Cam's excellent there himself, but they're not padding his win stats that's for sure).
Very similar statistically to Ryan Miller over the last 4 seasons, behind a worse team. But due to Miller's teams making the post-season on a more regular basis he seems to face nowhere near the criticism that Cam does.
Basically I'd have a hard time saying that Roger Crozier was a better goalie then Cam Ward is right now, yet alone that he's better then what Cam will likely be by the time he retires.
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