Detroit Red Wings: Can Jimmy Howard Be Considered an Elite NHL Goalie?

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Detroit Red Wings: Can Jimmy Howard Be Considered an Elite NHL Goalie?
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Will Jimmy Howard take the next step towards becoming Detroit's franchise goalie in 2012-13?

Jimmy Howard has been nothing but consistent since becoming the starting goalie for the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.

The Maine product has 35 or more wins in each of his first three full seasons and a 0.917 save percentage. Solid numbers, but unremarkable nonetheless.

Does that mean he’s ready to be considered elite now or will 2012-13 be a barometer for his talent level for years to come?

Grab your measuring tape, people. We’re sizing Howard up.

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