Top goalies have proven to be worthy investments

Back in Season 1 of the EURO League, veteran Marty Turco watched a lot of hockey from the St. Petersburg bench. Pekka Rinne did almost all of the goaltending for the team that season and Turco saw action in only 10 games. He probably deserved more playing time with his .915 save percentage. If you sort the all-time goalie stats to see who has the all-time highest save percentage, Turco is at the top of the list. If you do a little math to see who steals games from other teams the most (shutouts divided by minutes played), Turco is again at the top.

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Cory Schneider is one of 6 goalies who went in the first 12 picks of the initial EURO League draft.

But it’s not fair to compare a guy who played 558 minutes to others who have sustained great numbers for 20,000 minutes or more. Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundquist have turned out to be great investments for the teams that acquired them – either though the draft or via trades. The two have played virtually the same amount of minutes over their careers and have managed to produce save percentages of .914 (Quick) and .913 (Lundquist). Only Turco’s career save percentage is above theirs on the list. If you sort by shutout percentage, Lundquist falls down the list a bit but Quick remains near the very top. His 31 shutouts have him tied with Rinne for the most shutouts in EURO history. Lundquist has 10 fewer shutouts than Quick and Rinne.

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Pekka Rinne, who led the St. Petersburg Red Stars into the Season 2 Finals.

When the EURO’s first general managers were building their franchises, goalies were the most sought-after commodity. Seven picks into the initial draft, five goalies were already gone. Gabriel Landeskog, who is now only 24, was the first player selected and he was followed by goalies Rinne, Quick and Kari Lehtonen. Those three have collected a total of 9 individual trophies and three EURO Cups (Lehtonen 1, Quick 2).  After Bratislava took forward Jonathan Toews fifth in the initial draft, Minsk and Belfast went back to the goalie well, selecting Carey Price and Cory Schneider. Neither of those two have won any trophies yet, but that will change this month. Price has the best goals against average and save percentage trophies sewn up.  He will be the favorite to win the Best Goalie Trophy and he will have a shot at the league MVP trophy. And if he and his team keep playing the way they have been, he could even add two more trophies to his Season 6 resume.

Back to the initial draft, after Schneider was selected, two defensemen and two forwards were taken by the time Helsinki got to pick and GM Trevor Grimm gleefully grabbed Lundquist at 12th overall, the sixth goalie to be taken in 12 picks.

This list* is sorted by Shutout Frequency. The number of shutouts was divided by minutes played and then multiplied by 1000. Near the bottom of the list is Steve Mason, who failed to get a shutout in 86 games. Stockholm Eagle Erik Ersberg, who allowed one goal on Monday night, needs to get hist first shutout sometime in the next 6 games to avoid taking the title of most games without a shutout away from Mason.

NAME CURRENT GP TOI GAA SO SV % SO pct
M. TURCO 10 558 2.26 1 0.915 1.792
J. GIGUERE 62 3600 3.38 6 0.875 1.667
M. NEUVIRTH LON 73 3931 3.14 6 0.892 1.526
N. BACKSTROM (G) 24 1327 2.8 2 0.887 1.507
P. RINNE GOT 398 23844 2.69 31 0.909 1.300
J. QUICK BFT 395 23932 2.53 31 0.914 1.295
R. LEHNER MAD 218 12797 2.85 16 0.902 1.250
A. SALAK MOS 117 6666 2.57 8 0.906 1.200
S. CLEMMENSEN 14 844 3.06 1 0.882 1.185
R. LUONGO COP 351 20615 2.85 24 0.902 1.164
J. HALAK ATH 385 22792 2.79 26 0.901 1.141
A. KHUDOBIN MIN 45 2716 2.52 3 0.889 1.105
J. GUSTAVSSON 22 914 3.68 1 0.876 1.094
C. WARD ZUR 399 23641 3.07 25 0.896 1.057
C. SCHNEIDER MUN 285 16855 3.13 17 0.907 1.009
E. NABOKOV 36 2072 3.01 2 0.899 0.965
K. LEHTONEN EDI 327 19350 2.97 18 0.9 0.930
C. PRICE MIN 414 24729 2.8 23 0.905 0.930
C. CRAWFORD BRA 222 12971 3.34 12 0.882 0.925
T. VOKOUN 187 11059 3.16 10 0.89 0.904
N. HOVINEN PRA 174 9133 3.65 8 0.882 0.876
H. LUNDQVIST HEL 398 23994 2.73 21 0.913 0.875
T. GREISS BNE 104 5747 3.22 5 0.887 0.870
I. BRYZGALOV 219 12665 3.33 11 0.885 0.869
T. RASK PAR 364 21953 2.9 19 0.899 0.865
J. HARDING MIL 80 4689 3.35 4 0.881 0.853
T. THOMAS 283 16788 3.23 14 0.894 0.834
P. GRUBAUER PAR 40 2432 2.94 2 0.888 0.822
C. JOHNSON HEL 40 2437 3 2 0.902 0.821
B. ELLIOTT DUB 350 20874 3.1 17 0.896 0.814
M. FLEURY BRA 346 20138 3.16 16 0.896 0.795
J. HOWARD BER 399 24003 2.68 19 0.904 0.792
J. REIMER EDI 70 3864 3.34 3 0.873 0.776
A. NIEMI SP 352 20664 3.19 15 0.892 0.726
K. RAMO LIS 297 16924 3.31 12 0.887 0.709
M. BIRON 49 2887 3.51 2 0.883 0.693
S. VARLAMOV OSL 327 18856 3.54 13 0.891 0.689
S. BOBROVSKY 53 2968 3.32 2 0.889 0.674
A. DE LA GARMA COP 62 3198 3.47 2 0.885 0.625
J. HEDBERG 27 1599 3.19 1 0.893 0.625
M. SMITH BNE 356 20930 2.93 13 0.903 0.621
B. HOLTBY STO 249 14803 3.13 9 0.903 0.608
J. LACO BNE 152 8348 3.19 5 0.895 0.599
C. TALBOT BFT 58 3380 3.16 2 0.894 0.592
C. ANDERSON LIS 202 12002 3.15 7 0.885 0.583
M. BRODEUR 147 8620 3.21 5 0.891 0.580
V. FASTH MOS 66 3702 3.15 2 0.891 0.540
R. KRISTAN MUN 131 7550 3.47 4 0.891 0.530
A. LINDBACK GOT 109 6070 3.1 3 0.894 0.494
A. STALOCK MIL 107 6295 3.37 3 0.894 0.477
J. ENROTH OSL 41 2138 3.4 1 0.894 0.468
J. ZATKOFF ZUR 40 2169 3.4 1 0.882 0.461
R. MILLER 313 17619 3.59 8 0.882 0.454
F. ANDERSEN GEN 155 9239 2.88 4 0.91 0.433
J. KOVAR EDI 82 4706 3.24 2 0.901 0.425
J. MARKSTROM SP 54 2901 3.81 1 0.867 0.345
M. KIPRUSOFF 210 12009 3.44 4 0.887 0.333
O. PAVELEC GEN 212 12041 3.81 4 0.88 0.332
R. BACHMAN ATH 116 6675 3.33 2 0.887 0.300
J. HILLER COP 115 6749 3.64 2 0.881 0.296
M. JONES LON 128 7582 2.96 2 0.903 0.264
D. DUBNYK OSL 140 8053 3.65 2 0.887 0.248
B. BISHOP MIL 140 8286 3.82 2 0.883 0.241
J. THEODORE 89 5236 3.67 1 0.885 0.191
J. BERNIER DUB 157 9333 3.44 1 0.887 0.107
E. ERSBERG STO 79 4627 3.27 0 0.884 0.000
S. MASON 86 4328 3.87 0 0.874 0.000
F. NORRENA 71 3917 3.74 0 0.888 0.000
N. KHABIBULIN 45 2606 3.04 0 0.891 0.000
M. GARON 38 2209 3.97 0 0.87 0.000
H. HAWKEY LIS 26 1431 3.9 0 0.854 0.000
R. EMERY 25 1166 3.45 0 0.879 0.000
B. SCRIVENS 19 1059 3.46 0 0.876 0.000
C. SANFORD 8 466 3.09 0 0.878 0.000
D. ROLOSON 7 393 2.9 0 0.904 0.000
F. BRUCKMANN MUN 5 234 5.38 0 0.837 0.000

*These stats were pulled Friday and don’t include games from the weekend or Monday, although Ersberg’s games played total was manually updated.

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Prague’s Ryan Miller in the early days of the league.

 

 

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