Moneypuck Awards for NHL Goaltenders in 2013-14
There are more ways to measure goalies than with wins, losses and goals-against average. Modern hockey analytics has produced many ways to find those who excel in various undervalued aspects of the game. Who were this year's moneypuck netminders?
To answer that question we have selected 10 less-publicized statistical categories that identify the game's most consistent goalies, for example, or those playing the toughest minutes or who are excelling in the shootout or the penalty kill.
In each case we'll describe the category, explain the measurement, link to the raw data source and reveal the top five. The minimum cutoff will be at my arbitrary but hopefully reasonable discretion, with those prominent names who just missed the cut included as an afternote.
Which goalies have hidden talents in particular aspects of the game? Turn over to begin.
Semyon Varlamov, Most Consistent
Category: The starting goalie who most consistently gives his team a chance to win.
Measured By: Quality starts, which are awarded not based on wins and losses, but on how frequently a goalie stops a league-average number of shots. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
73.3 percent, Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, 44 of 60 starts
69.0 percent, Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, 40 of 58
65.1 percent, Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, 28 of 43
64.4 percent, Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, 38 of 59
63.5 percent, Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, 40 of 63
Minimum 40 starts
Frederik Andersen, Avoiding Blowouts
Category: The starting goalie who least frequently gets blown away, costing his team any chance of victory.
Measured By: How rarely a starting goalie is pulled and/or stops fewer than 88.5 percent of shots. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
100.0 percent, Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks, no pulls/blowouts in 24 starts
100.0 percent, Cam Talbot, New York Rangers, no pulls/blowouts in 19 starts*
95.5 percent, Al Montoya, Winnipeg Jets, only one pull/blowout in 22 starts
94.1 percent, Anton Khudobin, Carolina Hurricanes, two pulls/blowouts in 34 starts
93.3 percent, Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, four pulls/blowouts in 60 starts
Minimum 20 starts
*Note: Cam Talbot was perfect in his 19 and would have finished third even if his 20th start was a blowout. Martin Jones and Alex Stalock were each 1-of-18.
Carter Hutton, Relief Goaltending
Category: The ability to come into a game cold and relieve the struggling or injured starting goalie, giving the team a chance to turn a game around. Historically known as the "Josh Harding" award (he usually wins).
Measured By: Save percentage when coming into a game in relief. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
.958, Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators, 66 for 69 in six relief appearances
.957, Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild, 42 for 44 in three relief appearances
.955, Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton/Nashville, 20 for 21 in three relief appearances
.944, Philipp Grubauer, Washington Capitals, 48 for 51 in three relief appearances
.938, Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs, 98 for 105 in six relief appearances
Minimum three relief appearances
Kari Lehtonen, Drawing Penalties
Category: Helping the team score goals and get momentum by drawing penalties.
Measured By: Penalties drawn minus those taken. Data source is Extra Skater.
10, Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars, 12 drawn vs. two taken
7, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 8 drawn vs. one taken
7, Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, 8 drawn vs. one taken
7, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, 7 drawn vs. zero taken
6, Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs, 8 drawn vs. two taken
Brian Elliott, Penalty Killing
Category: A team's most important penalty killer is its goalie!
Measured By: Save percentage while killing penalties. Data source is NHL.com.
.921, Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues, 93 for 101
.919, Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, 171 for 186
.911, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 265 for 291
.907, Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks, 107 for 118
.906, Ben Scrivens, Los Angeles/Edmonton, 184 for 203
Minimum 100 shots faced
Jhonas Enroth, Least Goal Support
Category: The goalie who receives the least goal support from his own team. This isn't a reflection of a goalie's skill, of course, but perhaps the hardships he suffered.
Measured By: Average team goals scored per 60 minutes in games in which the goalie started. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
1.84, Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres, 26 starts
1.91, Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, 43 starts
1.92, Reto Berra, Calgary/Colorado, 29 starts
1.93, Ray Emery, Philadelphia Flyers, 21 starts
2.08, Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks, 37 starts
Minimum 20 starts
James Reimer, Heaviest Workload
Category: The goalie who earns his pay by facing the heaviest average workload.
Measured By: The Corsi statistic was actually invented by a former Buffalo goalie coach for this exact reason. It was initially intended to measure a goalie's workload by counting how many attempted shots he faced, in this case per 60 minutes of play. Only a decade later was it applied to teams (as a proxy for puck possession) and/or individual players. Data is source is Extra Skater.
69.6, James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs
64.9, Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs
62.3, Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
60.4, Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
60.2, Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Minimum 20 games
Justin Peters, Tough Minutes
Category: The goalie who is selected to take on the team's toughest opponents.
Measured By: The average shooting percentage of a goalie's opponents with the number of shots he's blasted taken into account. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
8.95 percent, Justin Peters, Carolina Hurricanes
8.92 percent, Dan Ellis, Dallas/Florida
8.91 percent, Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
8.84 percent, Al Montoya, Winnipeg Jets
8.81 percent, Reto Berra, Calgary/Colorado
Minimum 20 games played
Note: Among those who played at least 40 games Ryan Miller was first at 8.76 percent.
Eddie Lack, the Shootout
Category: Helping his team secure valuable points in the standings by winning shootouts.
Measured By: Shootout save percentage. Whether it's random variation or a repeatable skill, it adds up to serious points in the standings. Data source is NHL.com.
.840, Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks, 21 for 25
.821, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, 23 for 28
.774, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 24 for 31
.765, Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens, 13 for 17
.762, Reto Berra, Calgary/Colorado, 16 for 21
Minimum 15 shots faced
Note: Martin Jones (12 for 12), Alex Stalock (12 for 13) and Thomas Greiss (12 for 14) just missed the cut.
Semyon Varlamov, Contract Value
Category: The goalie who provides the most contract value for the dollar.
Measured By: Goals versus salary (GVS), a high-level measurement of the number of goals prevented relative to what could have been achieved by someone with the same cap hit. Data source is Hockey Abstract.
21.5, Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, 28.3 goals for a $2.83 million cap hit
21.2, Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, 26.4 goals for a $2.3 million cap hit
15.4, Cam Talbot, New York Rangers, 15.4 goals for a $0.56 million cap hit
14.9, Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings, 14.9 goals for a $0.55 million cap hit
14.3, Anton Khudobin, Carolina Hurricanes, 15.0 goals for a $0.8 million cap hit