Round 2, Vote 6 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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12-07-2012, 08:02 PM
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Agreed. It would take a lot of convincing not to grant one of them an 8th place vote and leave the rest un-ranked.
I know Billy Smith has his issues, particularly with a lack of separation between himself and Resch and Melanson in regular season save percentage (which also plagued Belfour), but he may be quite high on my ballot. He may have been on a team with a hot hand (1st, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th place finishes in a 21-team league from 1980-1984), but sometimes all it takes is for a goaltender to
drop the ball. Any accounts of a playoff series from that five-year run where the Islanders had to bail him out with some abnormally high offense? 1983 against Boston or 1980 against Philadelphia, perhaps?
Billy Smith is someone I really plan to put under the microscope here. I want to do some film study on him first and then see where it takes me. The main point of this post was going to be...we don't have an Islanders dynasty pimper here? I'm kind of surprised by that...unless I'm forgetting someone (in which case I apologize) but I never see anyone telling me Mike Bossy was better than Maurice Richard...
You'd think of all the boards here, an older Islanders fan would find HoH to be a scarce safe haven from the present state of affairs...
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