Carey Price, still not the best?
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11-02-2006, 07:53 AM
Join Date: May 2006
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Leland Irving is the best goalie in junior hockey, without question. He was drafted by Calgary at #26 in 2006, his numbers are breathtaking. 1.09 GAA, .955 Save%.
There's a big difference between being the best and having the best stats.
Statistics mean little, especially with goaltenders. A great goaltender will have bad stats playing for a team that can't play defense. A bad goaltender will have very good stats playing for a team that is great defensively. A goaltender is dependant on his team's play in the defensive zone. If his team always allows a lot of great scoring opportunities, the best goaltender is very unlikely to post great stats. If a team only allows a few, and not particularly good, scoring opportunities, the goaltender will likely post great stats even if he's not particularly good himself.
Statistics don't tell the whole story. Statistics don't tell the quality of your team's defense. They don't tell the quality of a defenseman's partner. They don't tell the quality of a center's wingers. They don't tell the quality of a winger's center.
Players can have great stats in the juniors but that does not mean that they are great players, just like them having average stats doesn't mean they are only decent players. A player can make his linemates look much better than they really are, a team's defense can make a goaltender look better, or worse, than he really is, and so on.
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