I ask because various starters around the league have a bit of a range in their respective workloads. Miller's workload was quite heavy as a starter. He has averaged roughly 65 games the last 6 seasons and was generally in the top 10 in minutes played for goalies. I'm assuming thats not what you would expect from Enroth if he was made the starter. Or is it?
I mean anything the starter workload range, whether it's a 1a/1b split, or anything more. The point is, goalies need some form of consistency (something enroth has rarely ever had) to show if they can cut it or not.
He looked great against Canada today, and it was a much better Canadian team than usual. First goal was a pretty perfect tip, and the 2nd was a point blank shot by Giroux that he'd probably like back, but wasn't a terrible goal by any means. The only shootout attempt he let in was a five-hole shot by Eberle.
Overall had 40 saves on 42 shots, 3/4 in the shootout.
1. Enroth is probably better than his record / stats under Ruff the past couple season show.
2. Enroth is probably not as good as his hot stint post-Ruff under Rolston shows.
3. Any / all of the numbers cited in the linked article need to be taken with grain of salt as opponent matchup / QoC, etc., factors a little bit into the numbers when comparing backup to starter on the same team.
4. At times, Enroth's 5-hole closes slower than the Octomom's.
5. We need to see a 50-55+ game single-season from Enroth to have a firmer opinion of his performance trajectory and asymptote.
6. None of the above probably matters much at all for the next Sabres season, in terms of Sabres team performance & final standings, etc.,
7. Enroth will be qualified by Buffalo and play for the Sabres next season. How much, if any, time he'll split with Miller and/or Hackett, I have no idea. He's obviously earned his chance to be given a majority role (50-55+ games) if Miller is moved.
8. I do not expect BUF to acquire another UFA vet backup, or trade for a goalie, unless Miller is moved in the offseason. And if Miller is traded, I still think it unlikely (but more possible).
9. Leggio will not be retained as a UFA by BUF, and should not be counted in Sabres / Amerks plans for '13-14. (And I don't understand why some posters believe so. I just don't see it that way.)
10. Sabres rebuild eventually emerges with Makarov or Hackett as the starter.
I agree with the first nine, hard to argue with ten.
I am fine with an Enroth/ Hackett/ Leggio 1A/1B/1C setup next year and see what happens where both play 35 games...the remanding depends n injuries and what goalie is hot. Hackett gets some starts but because he has options left he does more in Rochester but they have got to see what he has before the end of the year.
Leggio/Enroth is one they could trade.
If by some unusual chance Miller is resigned to an extension then Enroth is dealt for something at the draft.
Meh. I'd rather he stay around Buffalo than fly to the other side of the world to get splinters behind Lundqvist.
Also, I think Fasth and Lehner, among others, might have something to say about Enroth being on the team.
I'd rather he be getting splinters and practicing with a superior squad, experiencing something that is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not only do I just not want to begrudge him the experience, I think it's likely to be beneficial in some way. There's always the chance the King gets hurt, but that aside he'd get some time in exhibitions.
As others have said it's a win win making him the starter next season. If he proves that he is a legit starter then great. If not then we should have a solid pick next season. From there we can make it a competition between Hackett and Makarov.
No denying Enroth played really well at the end of the season and in the WCs. I'd feel comfortable giving him a shot as a starter. If he stinks, then hello Ekblad, welcome to Buffalo. If he's any good, then great, we found Miller's successor.