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Was Andy the right goalie to sign?


 I was curious as to whether the Avs signed the right goalie this year. So, I checked out Andy's stats as well as some familiar faces and see how they fared against Mr Anderson.

 

Anderson: SV% .920   / TOI - 1754 /  858 Saves / GAA 2.57 / SO - 3

Theodore: SV% 899 / TOI - 962 / 438 Saves / GAA 3.05 / SO - 0

Raycroft: SV% 906 / TOI - 416 / 164 Saves / GAA 2.45 / SO - 1 (Avs)

Some names that popped up as possible signings before the season began:

Gustavsson: SV% 900 / TOI - 821 / 386 Saves / GAA 3.14 / SO - 0

Clemmenson: SV% 885 / TOI - 494 / 239 Saves / GAA 3.77 / SO - 0

Just for comparison:

Brodeur: SV% 920 / TOI - 1741 / 712 Saves / GAA 2.14 / SO - 2

By looking at the above, you can see that Andy is certainly beating off the competition and has some pretty amazing stats. He not only has better SV% than anyone else (equalling Brodeur),  but he has between 2 and 4 times the amount of playing time. One could expect that doubling Theodore's playing time would decrease that SV% even more.

He also the same SV% as Brodeur, yet has saved 146 more shots. This would indicate that Brodeur's D-men are doing a good job at stifling attacking plays, which is borne out by the lower GAA.

Raycroft has a lower GAA than Andy, but incomparable ice time. Andy also has more SOs than anyone else here. As for Gustavsson, I remember being excited about the possibility of him playing here, but more than ever, I feel we have dodged a bullet. I know that his heart issues are supposedly "routine" but frankly, any young player who has had two heart surgeries in almost as many months is a worry.

In conclusion, Andy was an amazing signing for the Avs. I knew he would be an upgrade, but I didn't know how much of an upgrade he would be. He has played serious minutes, yet kept very decent stats. In fact, Andy leads the league in Saves with 858 (per NHL.com).

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