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10-29-2013, 09:23 AM
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Regina selects Kelly Hrudey, G.

I was pretty interested in taking Potvin as a starter this draft, but after missing out on him I decided to take a real good look at how he compares to Hrudey, and they’re quite similar goalies in terms of resume, with a slight edge to Hrudey for longevity and save percentages.

Hrudey ticks all the boxes for me:

-He was a workhorse, placing top-10 in minutes 4 times, including 1st in 1989
-He was able to post good short term save percentages, finishing top-10 six times including three top-5s
-He posted good long term save percentages, averaging 5 sv% points over the league average during his career
-His 677 career games are impressive, more so when you consider he played in the platoon era: he was the #1 over Billy Smith from 1984-1988 but those were the days you could be a “starter” and play 47 games
-His playoff record of 36-46 with 5 sv% points below league average isn’t stellar, but it’s actually not bad for a AAA goalie.
-He had great award recognition, finishing 3rd for the Vezina in 1988 (1-4-0), 4th in 1991 (0-2-2), 5th in 1986 (0-2-1), and with single votes in 87, 89, 92, and 94. Reporters weren’t quite as kind to him as the GMs, but he finished 6th, 7th, 8th in the seasons in which he got at least 5 votes.

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