2009-10 Prime Cuts (Part 5 of 5)

Jeff Angus

2010-05-12

Prime Cuts 2009-10

Better late than never! The final part of the Prime Cuts 2009-10 article series is here! Check out the Prime Cuts rosters from 2007-08 and 2008-09. The thinking process that goes in to selecting the team is similar to Pierre McGuire's "Monsters" for TSN (I promise that is the first and only time I will compare my thinking process to Pierre's). Since this is a fantasy hockey site, the selection process favours players that have had strong seasons on the score sheet, obviously. However, not just goals and assists are weighted – perhaps a player has started to shoot the puck more, or play better defensively. Intangibles like heart, grit, and determination factor in to the selection process as well. It is far and away my favourite article to write each year, and I hope you will all enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

 

Part 5 of the article series names the starting goaltender.

 

Prime Cuts

 

The starting goaltender: Ryan Miller

 

Selecting Miller as the starting goaltender for the 2009-10 Prime Cuts squad was a very easy decision. Miller trained only Tuukka Rask in goals against average and save percentage, while playing 24 more games than the Bruins netminder. He was the backbone of the surprising Sabres, who won the Northeast Division title in a season with low expectations. Without Miller, the Sabres were 4-9-2. With him, they were 41-18-8.

 

Miller saved his best for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he almost carried the underdog Americans to Gold. His name has already been carved into the Vezina Trophy for 2009-10, and many (including myself) were surprised to see him not among the three finalists for the Hart Trophy (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Henrik Sedin). Miller has always been one of the better fantasy goalies to own, but he always was a step below the likes of Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, and Henrik Lundqvist. Some may see now as a great time to sell high on Miller, while others may see a budding