Jets - Free Agents, Trades, Rumors, Speculation - Off Season 2012-13 (Part X)
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12-18-2012, 02:30 PM
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I don't know why you're being so dismissive of Ward. You can easily make a case for him being top 5, he's performed superbly with a mediocre Carolina defense corps in front of him. Him and Price should be considered favourites for the Team Canada starter in Sochi.
Anyway, my completely unscientific ranking of goalies would be:
Thomas - (I'd put him here for now)
- total coincidence these guys are all Finns
Then you've got Schneider and Rask, who probably could be slotted into 3 or higher, but I still haven't really got a sense where they fit in. They need a full season worth of starting.
After that, it's pretty much a toss-up. That's why I have a hard time getting down on Ondrej Pavelec, he's in that middling 17th-24th territory of starting goalies.
Rinne and Luongo have posted similar stats, except Rinne has a very defensive minded team in front of him. This upcoming season will speak volumes as to Rinne's actual ability. Lu also should be above Ward as Ward has only posted better stats then him once. Inferior team, I get it. But his numbers have hovered around .915, his highest being .923. Ward has posted in and around .915-.916 in a run and gun style, similar to Vancouver, three times. The other seasons were a flash in the pan .923 and then a .904 and a disimal .897. the fact that Ward was terrible for team Canada at the world cup of hockey speaks volumes. Is he top ten, absolutely. Top five, not in this life time.
Can we make a case for him for Sochi...well yea. It's not like Canada is flush with goalies ATM. Lu would probably start again, but he'll be like 36/37 so while he'll prolly be there, I think Price is Canada's goalie going forward. Ward will prolly slot in at 3.
I'm not even really being dismissive of him. It's not like I said, Ward ****ing sucks, he's just not top five, IMO. Being 6,7,or 8 is still nothing to sneeze at.
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