Monday, December 17, 2007

Is the Oiler Nation overrating Mathieu Garon?

Due to:
  • Making the big saves?
  • Flexibility at a level that is second to no one?
  • Relative comparison to Roloson?
  • Astronomical success in the shoot-out that is unlikely to carry on at its current rate?
He has at times allowed soft goals. Enough of them that his SV% is 22nd in the NHL at .910.

Breaking down his stats game-by-game, in the past 8 games, he's had only 2 of them with a SV% below .900. In the first 9 games, there were 6 occasions, which may be suggesting that he has turned the corner. He faces on average, 25.19 Shots Against/60.

In any case, a larger sample size is needed to see where he fits in comparison to other NHL goalies. If he can squeak into the top 15 category by the end of the year, he'll be making a strong case towards being a starter next year.

It will be interesting to see if MacT rolls with Roloson on Tuesday night against Dallas.

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