Just because I enjoy looking at and analyzing these kind of statistics, I took the top 20 goalies in terms of number of games won during the 2009-2010 season, and computed their winning percentage. Sharing it here for those of you who enjoy these kind of things, too.
Some interesting things to note:
- Due to the number of games played (and subsequently won/lost) in the playoffs, there were some minor, 1-place shuffles between regular season win % ranks and combined regular/playoff win % ranks. However, the goalies with the top 4 win percentages remained consistant: 1. Niemi; 2. Theodore; 3. Nabokov; and 4. Bryzgalov.
- Michael Leighton, who made such an impression in the post-season, didn't win enough games in the regular season to qualify in the top 20. (Top 30, yes.) He played 34 regular season games, and combined total of 48 reg/playoff games, going 17-11 in the regular season and 8-3 in the playoffs for a total of 25-14, giving him a 50% regular season winning record and a 51.2% combined regular/playoff record. He was hot at the right time, but he was far from spectacular.
- Please shut up already about the possibility of bringing in Turco in as a cheap replacement for Niemi. He might show up here cheap, but his winning percentage was abysmal. No matter how good your defensive line is, the goalie is the ultimate and final say about what goes into that net. If the price for all three goalies was exactly the same, I'd pick Niemi first, Theodore second, and somewhere far far down the road, Turco.
|14||Jonas Hiller *||ANA||59||-||30||-||27||-||50.8||-|
|13||Chris Mason *||STL||61||-||30||-||30||-||49.2||-|
|11||Henrik Lundqvist *||NYR||73||-||35||-||37||-||47.9||-|
|10||Miikka Kiprusoff *||CGY||73||-||35||-||38||-||47.9||-|
|20||Niklas Backstrom *||MIN||60||-||26||-||31||-||43.3||-|
* = team did not qualify for playoffs