Eastern Edge: Statistical Review of Goaltenders

Brennan Des

2019-06-11

 

In this week’s installment of Eastern Edge, we kick off a quick review of goalie performance during the 2018-2019 season. Before we begin, let’s define a couple of stats we’ll be taking a look at today:

Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA) from Hockey Reference: the goals a goalie prevented given his save percentage and shots faced vs. the league average save percentage on the same number of shots. (Min. 4 shots faced per team game needed to qualify.)

Quality Start % from Dobber Hockey: Proportion of games with a save percentage above league average or games with fewer than 20 shots and a save percentage above .885.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Season

Record

GAA

SV%

Shots Against

GSAA

Quality Start %

2016-2017

23-17-7

2.61

.917

1480

5.08

52.0

2017-2018

44-17-3

2.62

.920

2075

15.12

55.4

2018-2019

39-10-4

2.40

.925

1713

26.40

66.0

 

The 24-year-old netminder battled fatigue during the 2017-2018 season, as he appeared in a career-high 65 games. His workload was limited to 53 games this past season, but that decrease is partially explained by the month he missed with a broken foot. The reality is