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02-08-2013, 10:07 PM
George Maharis
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Originally Posted by Ryan English View Post
Doing some stats research for Fucale, and the numbers are somewhat surprising in terms of consistency.

Fucale averages 24 shots against per game and has a 2.49 GAA.

Since the new year, he has had 9 out of his 13 starts considered a quality start (over .912 SV% or 3 or less goals against) with the four non-quality starts being PEI (pulled), Quebec, Rimouski and Moncton (pulled).

Overall, 8 out of 43 games haven't been considered quality starts. Some pretty impressive consistency for a guy who faces shots sporadically. (19% of starts non-quality)

Compare that to another solid and 'consistent' QMJHL '95 goaltender in a similar situation - Phillipe Cadorette who faces 23 shots a game and has 10 non quality starts in 41 games (25% non quality starts). This is on a Baie-Comeau team that IMO, plays a tighter system with less defensive breakdowns than the Mooseheads.

Also, Fucale has 18 of 43 starts where he had a SV% under .900, a sign of perhaps an off game - and is 13-5 in those games. Though the Mooseheads league leading offense is helpful, it also tells you Fucale is a guy who can grind out wins and is there when you need him - all one can really ask for from a contending team like the Mooseheads.

Just some food for thought when evaluating his numbers, which aren't all that eye-catching for a potential first round goaltender.
2nd best in the Q... Marcoux, who is in 1st, has played 12 less games as well.

Lets also keep in mind that 10 of his games he's faced less than 20 shots in the game, letting in a goal or two in that is going to hurt your stats.. but at the same time, in those 10 games they won all of them. Most of the time the reason he lets in 3+ goals a game is because the defence has let him down (tonight and Wednesday), he can only do so much as a goalie.

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