by PuckStopsHere on 09/11/11 at 03:48 PM ET
Today I continue my look at Justin Kubatko’s point share system. I will look at the top careers by goaltending point shares. I have already listed the top seasons by offensive point shares and the top seasons by defensive point shares. This is the final piece and the only piece that evaluates goaltending.
The point share system is an attempt to give credit to individual team wins to individual players. The goaltending portion attempts to give a share of the calculated goals prevented by the team to a goalie. It is at best an approximate measure. This ranking will attempt to measure how approximate it is.
Goalie Pt Shrs
For a large part this system tends to select goaltenders who play lengthy careers. This list contains the top 14 goalies by games played. Merely surviving long enough to play a long career will get you on this list. A player like Sean Burke who is 12th all time in games played ranks 13th in goaltender point shares. This ranking is too high for his talent level. It shows that merely playing a lot of games gets you highly ranked.
Top goalies who didn’t play as many games but were very instrumental to their team’s success do not get enough credit. Dominik Hasek is the best example and he ranks ninth. This is an improvement from his ranking of 20th in goaltender games played. He should be higher ranked but too much of success in this system comes from playing a lot of games.
The exception to that rule comes from the more modern goalies. If a goalie played in the era when shots are recorded and faced a lot more shots than most goalies in the list he will get more highly ranked. The examples of this are Roberto Luongo and Tomas Vokoun, who both spent significant time in the Florida Panther system.
The goaltender’s portion of the point share system is somewhat like the defensive portion. If you play a lot of games you will get a large portion of the share of goals prevented. Goal prevention is an inherently team based skill and it is shared between all players involved in this system. It doesn’t properly credit a player if he is the key to a team’s goal prevention and this underrates top goalies such as Dominik Hasek.
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