The Good: Howard is a big butterfly goalie who covers the net well and plays with poise. He has very good balance and skating ability. A natural talent, Howard shows good concentration and focus while playing. He also has a well developed hockey sense and reads the play well. He is a solid stickhandler who isn’t afraid of using his stick to clear the crease. He possesses very quick reflexes both with his glove hand and with his pads. He can make acrobatic saves and is also extremely flexible, due to strong hips. Howard has the skill, and the team, to be a longtime NHL All-Star goaltender, and could ultimaly be one of the greatest goalies that Detroit has ever drafted and developed.
The Bad: Howard will need to work on his consistency as it´s his biggest downside so far. He will also have to cover the upper part of the net more effectively and increase his rebound control. He occasionally has lapses in concentration that often lead to bad goals at inopportune times. He does have consistency issues.
- Holds University of Maine school record for shutouts, goals against average
and save percentage. (holds all three records for both single season
- Was awarded a Legislative Sentiment by former MaineState RepresentativeChris Greeley in July 2011, for his success as both a college and professional hockey player, and his work with kid’s hockey programs.
- Holds NCAA records for GAA(1.19) and save percentage(.954) – 2003–04.
- Only NHL goalie to face a penalty shot in each of his first two games.
- Named to the 2005–06 AHL All-Rookie team.
- Named the 2009-2010 Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year in voting by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
- Runner-up for the 2010 Calder Memorial Trophy
|2001–02||U.S. National U-17||NAHL||9||6||3||0||—||—||1||3.67||—|
|2001–02||U.S. National U-18||NAHL||26||16||8||1||—||—||3||1.89||—|
|2002–03||Maine Black Bears||H-East||21||14||6||0||1151||47||3||2.45||.916|
|2003–04||Maine Black Bears||H-East||22||14||4||3||1364||27||6||1.19||.956|
|2004–05||Maine Black Bears||H-East||39||19||13||7||2310||74||6||1.92||.924|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||38||27||6||2||2141||92||2||2.58||.910|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||4||1||2||0||200||10||0||2.98||.904|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||49||21||21||3||2776||125||6||2.70||.911|
|2007–08||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||54||21||28||2||3097||146||2||2.83||.907|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||4||0||2||0||197||7||0||2.13||.926|
|2008–09||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||45||21||18||4||2644||112||4||2.54||.916|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||1||0||59||4||0||4.10||.857|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||37||15||10||3740||141||3||2.26||.924|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||37||17||5||3615||168||2||2.79||.908|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||14||6||7||763||44||0||3.46||.885|
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||7||3||4||434||14||0||1.93|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||12||5||7||720||33||1||2.75||.915|
|2010-11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||11||7||4||673||28||0||2.49||.923|