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Worst Player Of The Early Season

It is still early in the season, but I think it is reasonable to pick a worst player so far this season.  As is the usual situation, early in the season the worst player in a name player who is off to a bad start.  Since he is a well known player he is still given significant playing time despite poor results.  Most likely this player will get his season on track as the season progresses and the worst player in the league will be a lesser known player.  That is the pattern that has been established over the past several years.

So far this season, the worst player in the league has been Jaroslav Halak of the St Louis Blues.  In five games so far he has posted a 3.47 GAA and a .835 saves percentage.  His St Louis Blues team has allowed the fewest shots per game, with only 23.5 shots against.  Despite that, they have only two wins in six games (and one of those wins came when Halak was not playing).  So far, Halak has been an anchor who has slowed down the Blues.

St Louis acquired Jaroslav Halak in a high profile trade in 2010 after Halak had led the Montreal Canadiens to the semi-finals.  He is the Blues clear number one goalie.  His backup Brian Elliott does not have a good track record.  The problem is Halak hasn`t been the star goalie that St Louis has expected.  Last year he posted an average .910 saves percentage and 2.48 GAA.  At this point this season, those numbers are way above his performance.

Jaroslav Halak has been the worst player in the league so far this year.  As a number one goalie, he is given a lot of playing time, which allows his play to have a significant impact to his team.  So far the impact has been a negative one.  It has cost St Louis games.  If St Louis is to get on track this season, Jaroslav Halak must turn things around.  Most observers expected he would do better than he did last year and lead the Blues to an improvement in the standings.

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I have to admit I have yet to see Halak play this year, but if you saw Luongo last night you might have doubts about your selection. One of the worst displays of goaltending I’ve ever seen. He was horrendous. His stats don’t belie his performance.

Posted by Alan on 10/19/11 at 07:58 PM ET

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Roloson hasn’t been good.  You are wrong about his saves percentage.  It is .858, which is better than Halak by a significant margin.  He also has one fewer game than Halak, so he has not had as much time to do damage.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 10/19/11 at 09:26 PM ET

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Halak seemed to thrive on being pushed (or doing the pushing) in Montreal - competition for starting time with Carey Price seemed to drive him.

Since being brought into St. Louis to be the clear number 1, he’s seemed to lack that fire. That’s why I question bringing in Elliott for the blues - maybe they thought that having had the starting job in Ottawa he would push Halak, but as someone who watched Elliott a lot, I can say that I doubt that will be the case.

Having given him the big contract, and declared him the teams outright #1, the Blues will have to find some way to get Halak motivated again.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 10/20/11 at 10:19 AM ET


Vancouver,st.louis,and tampa , three teams that are going to struggle this season. Two good goalies Rolie, Halak and then you have Luongo who in my opinion is over rated and who has the better team in front of him and should be doing better. Vancouver also over rated but could be a power house not bad coaching but lacks player discipline and team discipline are far as systems are concerned.

Posted by stevensamler from toronto on 10/20/11 at 09:11 PM ET


stevensamler, how is this year different from any other year for Luongo? What makes you suddenly expect a .900 goalie instead of a .920?

What’s really sad is St. Louis controls the play fairly well. Got league-worst goaltending at 5v5 last season, which sunk their playoff hopes, otherwise I think they could’ve made home ice. Their skaters are surprisingly good. Not so different from 08-09 Washington in those respects (except that DC team got one of Theodore’s better seasons).

Posted by Ralph on 10/21/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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