Round 2, Vote 6 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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12-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mass/formerly Ont
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Bring Back Scuderi
Worsley is a real wildcard here for me, I was much more confident in my ranking of him coming into this project than I am now. If he never gets swapped for Plante would his Rangers career have been better than Rayner's? Two 3rd-Team spots are nice, but he wasn't going to take them to the finals and didn't garner the same award consideration.
Worsley actually got sent to the AHL following his trade to Montreal and Charlie Hodge was chosen as the Habs starter (This seemed to matter for other goalies). Worsley then rebounded obviously and earned a First and Second Team All-star spots, but in that time Hodge earned two Second Team placements himself. This looks awfully similar to Smith/Resch concerns, minus the playoffs where Smith did less platooning than Worsley.
That said we only leave two off this round and Giacomin looks good for one of those spots so Worsley will make my top 8.
Bower is already rated and I wonder if Worsley should be rated close to him. Their careers overlay each other with some direct competition in their early years. Worsley was the Ranger goalie in 52-53 and won the calder. In 53-54 Bower beat out Worsley for the Ranger job and Gump spent the season in the minors. In 53-54 Gump won the job back and Bower went to the minors. Gump then played several years with mostly bad Ranger teams without much recognition. Bower toiled in the AHL for several years with much recognition. As older players, they both did well with good teams. Each won 4 stanley cups and 2 Vezinas. Gump had 2 AS selections and Bower had one. Is there much difference in the careers of these two?
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