Sunday, February 4, 2007

Comparisons Revisited

One could of course make the argument that the comparisons from my last post are somewhat dated. Of course they are, but they also represent Brodeur’s supposedly best years, in which he received the greatest amount of recognition in the form of Vezinas and MVP candidacy.

In the interests of fairness, here are the comparables for last year (courtesy Hockey Analytics) and this year (from Hockey Numbers):

Last year:
Jason LaBarbera, Kari Lehtonen, Dwayne Roloson, Alex Auld, Rick DiPietro

This year:
Marty Turco, Kari Lehtonen, Nikolai Khabibulin, Henrik Lundqvist, David Aebischer

And since I did it before, here's Roberto Luongo as well:

2005-06: Manny Fernandez, Tomas Vokoun, J.S. Giguere
2006-07: Chris Mason, Cristobal Huet, Miikka Kiprusoff

(Note: I'm not cherry picking for Luongo, his performance is at the top of the league so there are only a few goalies that are comparable).

Brodeur seems to be moving up the ranks a little, and has been unquestionably excellent this year, but he is still no Luongo.

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