I picked Roberto Luongo, but I didn't really argue it particularly well. In retrospect, what I wish I had sent him was the following chart. I didn't have these numbers back then, but I have since put together the even strength save percentage leaders from '99-00 to '08-09, minimum 250 GP, with the number of shots faced with their playoff numbers thrown in for good measure:
|Rank||Goalie||EV SV%||EV SA||PO EV SV%||PO EV SA|
I'd like to see the goalie of the decade finish at least somewhere in the top 10, wouldn't you? Brodeur is also just 9th in playoff EV SV% among the goalies on this list. I think I'm going to stick with Bobby Lou on this one.
Roy and Hasek are old guys here yet still show up at the top of the list, just to remind us how great they were.
The race for the second team spot is pretty tight. J.S. Giguere would probably be deserving, especially if you put a heavy weighting on playoff performance. Roy and Hasek would be in the mix, although they don't have as much playing time as some of the others. I expect if I factored in shot prevention effects that Turco and Brodeur would jump up to about the Lundqvist level, and at that point if you really like durability you could argue for Brodeur. The problem is that when we start splitting hairs over a couple thousandths of save percentages, then we're certainly painting in shades of grey. It may be true that there isn't a large variance in shot quality at even strength most of the time, but outliers do exist. There are also other variables like non-save skills and scorer biases that come into play, and even a small .002 or .003 effect for each netminder could significantly reshuffle the rankings.
It's about time for Tomas Vokoun to start getting some recognition. With his great performances on a lousy Florida team, he's pretty much Roberto Luongo V2.0. With Kiprusoff's recent slide out of elite territory, Vokoun looks like a clear top-5 guy to me.
Finally, Martin Biron is another goalie that seems to get maligned by people for no good reason. Moving him out to make room for Ray Emery and Brian Boucher strikes me as an unwise gamble. I'd probably take Antero Niittymaki over either Emery or Boucher, yet Philadelphia let him walk out the door as well. We'll see how their goaltending ends up working out for them next season.