Did Tuukka get Rooked?

Dobber Sports

2010-05-13

 

Tuukka Rask

 

With the announcement of the three finalists for the NHL Rookie of the Year, some (well yours truly at least) thought there may have been one deserving candidate left off the ballot.  Certainly Tyler Myers, Matt Duchene and Jimmy Howard are all worthy candidates, but there is one player whom a strong case could be made for.

 

Should we compare Jimmy Howard to Tuukka Rask? Of course we should!  Had Rask started as many games as Howard did, he would have recorded 34 wins. Rask led the entire NHL in goals-against-average and save percentage, no easy feat on a 14th place team overall.

 

No doubt that Howard was the go to guy on the Red Wings with Chris Osgood turning in consistently horrendous performances. One argument is that Detroit really turned it around when Johan Franzen came back from knee surgery in early February. Howard’s record before Franzen returned was 20-13-6 and 17-3-4 after.  Detroit began playing like the Red Wings of old and it may not have mattered who was in net when this happened.

 

Both Rask and Howard outperformed their (much) more experienced crease colleagues. The two rookies posted significantly better numbers than last season’s Vezina trophy winner Tim Thomas and three time Stanley Cup winner Chris Osgood:

 

 

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

GAA

SV%

SO

Thomas

43

43

17

18

8

2.56

.910

5

Rask

45

39

22