by PuckStopsHere on 09/04/12 at 04:39 PM ET
I have been looking at goaltenders in the time period from the 2004/05 lockout until now. This inter-lockout period will be defined as the first salary capped era. Goaltenders are notoriously hard to rate using a single statistical figure. In an effort to get a handle on the best goalies in the era I ranked them by wins and by saves percentage and got an insight into who the top goalies in the period were. Today I want to get a look at the worst goalies in the period. I will look at the worst goalies by saves percentage. In order to keep this list somewhat meaningful, it is limited to goalies who played 25 or more games.
The list is largely biased toward the first part of the era because saves percentages have progressively climbed since it began. Thus it is overwhelming populated by goalies who were in the NHL in the earlier parts of the era and then left the league.
Here are the worst 20 goalies by saves percentage since the 2004/05 lockout:
The performances of these goalies were largely forgettable in this time period. A few are very good goalies who were well into the downsides of their careers at this time. This includes one Hall of Famer in Ed Belfour and future candidates in Curtis Joseph and perhaps Sean Burke.
At the top of the list is Mike Morrison. He was a largely forgettable goalie who spent parts of two years in the NHL with Edmonton, Ottawa and Phoenix. Amazingly he was once the NHL Player of the Week, but aside from that week his career was quite poor.
The only goalie who makes this list who remained active in the NHL for every year of the era was Andrew Raycroft. Perhaps the false expectations from his 2004 Calder Trophy kept his NHL career going longer than it should have - though it appears a reasonable expectation that he may never play in the NHL again. The only other goalie on the list who played in the NHL last season was Sebastien Caron, who played three games with Tampa Bay. This was his first NHL play since 2006/07.
This list of poor saves percentages is a list of poor goalies. It is biased toward the earlier portion of the era because of the rise in saves percentages leaguewide. Perhaps if that was adjusted for we might see more current day goalies on the list.
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