This week I will follow the lead of my Western Conference counterpart and take a look back at the season that was.
Eastern Conference Goaltending
Most Valuable Goaltender
Winner: Tim Thomas
The “Tool Man” recorded the top goals-against-average (2.00) and save percentage (0.938) and was second in shutouts with nine. Thomas had 35 victories against only 11 losses (plus nine OTL). His average draft position in Yahoo was 158.3 (36th amongst goaltenders). This one was no contest.
Runner-up: Henrik Lundqvist
The King had a league leading 11 shutouts to go along with 36 wins, only two away from the top performers. Lundqvist recorded the fifth best goals-against-average (2.28) and save percentage (0.923). He pretty much delivered on high expectations.
The Charlie Sheen Commemorative Award (Duh, Winning!)
Awarded to the best goalie who just wins, often at the expense of all else
Winner: Carey Price
Jesus Price tied with Roberto Luongo for the league lead in wins with 38, but had the second most losses with 28 (Khabibulin had 32). He finished with a respectable 2.35 goals-against-average, 0.923 save percentage and eight shutouts. Winning indeed.
Runner-up: Cam Ward
His 37 wins were only one back of Luongo and Price for tops in the league, but he recorded 26 losses. Ward’s 0.923 save percentage was fifth best, but his 2.56 goals-against-average was 18th in the league.
The Chris Osgood Commemorative Award
Awarded to the goalie deemed the most detrimental to a fantasy squad
Winner: Martin Brodeur
Drafted in Yahoo with an average pick of 13.7 (3rd amongst goaltenders), expectations were that Brodeur would anchor a fantasy team. Instead he was just an anchor. In 54 games started, he had a 23-26-5 record, sporting a pedestrian 2.45 goals-against-average and a poor 0.903 save percentage.
Runner-up: Tuukka Rask
Playing behind the same roster as Tim Thomas, Rask had a woeful 11-14-2 record and an abysmal 2.67 goals-against-average (compared to TT’s 2.00). Rask was taken in Yahoo leagues with an average pick of 39.6, the seventh goaltender off the board. Much more was expected. Oh well, maybe next year.
Best Late Round Pick
Winner: Sergei Bobrovsky
If you owned Bob during his hot streaks, all was golden, but as with most