Greatest Strength: Consistency
For more than a decade, Martin Brodeur has been the most consistent goalie in the NHL. When he is healthy, he is still nearly unbeatable.
With a career 669 wins, 2.23 GAA and .913 SV%, Brodeur will go down as not only the greatest goaltender to play for the New Jersey but perhaps in the history of the NHL.
What has been most impressive about Brodeur's career is his remarkable consistency.
Over the past few years, he has seen less ice time due to injuries or his age. But one constant cannot be ignored. When Brodeur plays, the Devils usually win. The Devils missed the playoffs twice in the past five years. It is no coincidence that in both of those years, Brodeur missed more than 20 games due to injury.
Which leads us to Marty's greatest, and most recent, weakness.
Greatest Weakness: Health
There is no denying the fact that Martin Brodeur is in the twilight of his career.
As some players age, there is a noticeable decline in their play. With Brodeur, that has not been the case. Instead, he has begun having trouble staying healthy over the length of a full season.
"It's getting harder and harder," he recently told Damien Cox of the Toronto Star. "The wear and tear on my body is popping up left and right as I'm getting older."
From 1997-98 to 2007-08, Brodeur never played in fewer than 70 games. Over the past five years, he has only reached that total once.
Because of Brodeur's consistent greatness over the course of his career, the Devils have built their team around him. For that reason, when he goes down with an injury, it becomes very difficult for the team to overcome.
Team president and GM Lou Lamoriello has set Brodeur up with solid backup goaltenders over the past few years to take some of the load off Brodeur and keep him fresh.
In 2012, it worked with Johan Hedberg. Last year, however, it did not. Hedberg finished 2013 with a 6-10 record and an .883 SV%.
In Cory Schneider, Lamoriello thinks he has found a more than adequate replacement for Hedberg and maybe eventually for Brodeur himself.
In the meantime, however, the goal is to keep Brodeur healthy and playing his best.
"Marty is still a number one goaltender," Lamoriello told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger. "It's just a question of how much he can play to keep at the top of his game."