Looking at the statistics for the Western Conference goaltenders, it raises interesting questions.
Who will or deserves to be named as the two reserve netminders for the Western Conference?
I am not sure who is winning the fan voting for the starting job, probably Hasek which would be a total farce.
Aebischer currently sits with a 30 games played, a 17-7-5 record, a GAA of 2.03, a SAA of .929, and 3 shutouts. Out of any netminders that have played 25 games or more I think those are the best statistics in the conference or at least comparable. Aebischer's statistics are better than Osgood, Joseph, Cloutier, and Vokoun. Roloson, Mclennan, and Kipprusoff have better numbers, but they have played far fewer games (23, 19, and 16 respectively). In fact, based on games played Roloson, McLennan, and Kipprusoff are more similar to backup netminders or at least not full time starters.
I realize that much can change before the reserves are named, but I think it is an interesting question for debate (particularly since many posters seem to have widely varying opinions on Aebischer).
I think he has played well enough to earn a shot, based on statistics alone. Sure he's got a lot of defensive talent in front of him but he still has to stop the pucks and he has done well in that regard.
Goodluck trying to outvote Marty Turco. Marty will start no matter what, the difference between him and 2nd was quite huge the last time I checked. And he's earned it so I'm happy for him, that, and I thought he was the West's top netminder in last years All-Star game. Grabbing 2nd or 3rd star honours..