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01-14-2013, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I think it's probably because his opponents were usually legit starters, while Beveridge was a backup.
That undoubtedly plays a role. Here's what I'm seeing as possible interpretations:

1) We've judged a lot of goalies on their ability to outperform backups -- some more harshly than others. Well, Connell flat-out destroyed his backup here. Killed him. Not even remotely close. And while Beveridge was a lower-end goalie that year, he was only a couple of years from taking the reins in Ottawa to begin a career that would land him at #11 on the all-time GP list. So it's easier for me to look at those numbers and see below-average defense, with Connell peforming well to post numbers close to his opponents' average and his performance quality being validated by his backup.

2) More simply, Connell wasn't even close to league average. End of story.

Not sure which one is closer to the "real" Connell.

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