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05-09-2013, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Yeah, and a scrub goalie like Elliot led the league in save percentage last year. If your Mark IV eyeballs can't tell the difference between a truly great goalie and one who's the product of a system then I don't know what to tell you.

And BTW I'm still awaiting the names of the HHOF goaltenders Osgood is supposed to be superior to.
Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Maybe Cheevers, I don't know, he and Osgood can't be that far apart, right?

Of course, comparing Osgood to the guy who is widely considered the worst NHL-era inductee into the HHOF isn't exactly a ringing endorsement.
Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Cheevers is probably the closest I can think of. I noticed he didn't make the top-40 list either
Fourteen goaltenders who played in the O6 era are in the HHOF. Four of them (Francis, Giacomin, Parent, Cheevers) aren't really "O6" goalies.

So that's ten goalies from 25 years. Chris Osgood played seventeen seasons from 1993-94 through 2010-11. From 1967-68 through 1985-86 there were seven goalies, with guys like Moog, Vachon, and even Mike Liut probably as worthy as some of those from the era who did get in. So let's look at the best goalies from 1986-87 through 2011-12 (I'd go 90-91 to 2014-15, but it's only 2013):

We have the obvious ones: Hasek, Roy, Belfour, Brodeur.

After that, who are the next-best three-six goalies? You probably have to include Osgood, Joseph, Luongo, Barrasso, and there are arguments for Kolzig and Thomas (among others) to round out the group.

So unless you think the period Osgood played in was hugely devoid of goaltending talent historically, he's certainly as worthy as many guys already in based on peer-to-peer comparison.

As for actual ability, there's a thread about player evolution. His 2008 season/playoff and his 2009 run certainly make an argument for late-career abilities; how many guys do you see have runs like that multiple times who are NOT great goalies? Examples are appreciated.

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