Pressed into service following an injury to starting goaltender Ryan Miller, Enroth bolstered the Sabres playoff drive by posting a 2-0-1 record, 1.94 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout in three appearances. Enroth began the week by stopping 23 shots for the first shutout of his NHL career in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers Mar. 30. He recorded 31 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals Apr. 2 and made 35 stops in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Apr. 3. The 22-year-old Stockholm, Sweden native was recalled Mar. 4 from AHL Portland, where he posted a 20-17-2 record this season. The NHL rookie improved to 7-2-2 with Buffalo in 2010-11, sporting a 2.53 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
I'm really impressed with Enroth's mental game. He seems very cerebral. There are no highs and lows. He doesn't seem to get rattled. He doesn't seem to notice pressure. He's almost mentally oblivious to the moment. Last night's 3rd period/OT was about as big a pressure situation as you can put a young goalie in. And he showed up in spades.
I was trying to articulate my opinion on Enroth's "awkwardness" in the crease to a friend tonight. We both agreed that Miller's strength is his control in the crease. Miller is "in position" because he reads the play and he moves so fluidly. Miller anticpates, his strength is a combination awareness and preparation. While Enroth sees the puck more. He's quick, but not composed. He's reactive, not instinctive. Enroth doesn't rely on the butterfly as much either (which is probably a product of his size, and also a reason for his lack of rebound control).
He needs to clean up the rebounds, and work on some of his crease mechanics. But I love what I see so far.
I mean, if his first few wins in the shootouts weren't evidence of it, I don't know what is.
For a young goalie who was looking for his first career NHL win at the time, I'm not sure what would be more pressure filled than a shootout, but he won.
So far, the kid wins games. As much as I hate that goalies get judged on wins and losses, you can't overstate a young goalie coming in here and giving us wins from the backup goalie position that we haven't had in a few years.