Peter Budaj

Posted: January 14, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Montreal Canadiens
 

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The Good: Budaj is a good skater and has much quicker foot work than seen in his early performances. Budaj’s biggest strength is his powerful legs and strong core, which combine together to give him a solid and square-to-the puck appearance. His legs aren’t the longest, but his athletic ability and flexibility makes him a quality pro-level talent. Budaj is a slightly above average NHL goalie that has improved his mental toughness over the summer to the point that he is capable of playing very well in streaks. Because his skating skills are average, so too is his mobility. He does a good job of making the desperate save.  He can perform well in big-game situations on occasion, and possesses a starter’s mentality but has responsibly accepted his role as a backup.

The Bad: Budaj’s main weakness comes from his hands being held too far back and too tight to his body. They set low on his waist and are passive. At times they freeze on shots that elevate quickly. His blocker side is weak because he punches out at pucks. He continuously needs to focus on positioning, since he relies too heavily on his recuperative powers and reactions.  He can often let in soft goals. Inconsistent. Expect him to play only 8-10 games behind Carey Price.

Awards & achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors OHL 34 6 18 1 1676 112 1 4.01 .882
2000–01 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors OHL 37 17 12 3 1996 95 3 2.86 .907 11 6 4 621 26 1 2.51
2001–02 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors OHL 42 26 9 5 1148 89 2 2.29 .922 12 5 6 620 34 1 3.29 .898
2002–03 Hershey Bears AHL 28 10 10 2 1467 65 2 2.66 .911 1 0 0 6 2 0 20.81 .333
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 46 17 20 6 2574 120 3 2.80 .916
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 59 29 25 2 3356 148 5 2.65 .919
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 34 14 10 6 1802 86 2 2.86 .900
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 57 31 16 6 3198 143 3 2.68 .905
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 35 16 10 4 1912 82 0 2.57 .903 3 0 0 107 6 0 3.33 .908
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 56 20 29 5 3232 154 2 2.86 .899
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 15 5 5 2 728 32 1 2.64 .917 1 0 0 9 1 0 6.67 .750
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 45 15 21 4 2439 130 1 3.20 .895
NHL totals 242 101 91 27 13,311 627 9 2.83 .902 4 0 0 116 7 0 3.61 .899

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2000 Slovakia WJC18 5 2 3 0 249 13 0 3.13
2001 Slovakia WJC 4 1 3 0 239 16 0 4.01
2002 Slovakia WJC 4 1 0 2 212 11 1 3.11
2006 Slovakia OG 3 2 1 0 179 6 0 2.01
2008 Slovakia WC 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.03
2010 Slovakia WC 6 2 4 0 282 13 0 2.76
Senior int’l totals 10 4 6 0 520 22 0 2.53
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 MONTREAL
ON PACE 10 2 8 0 598 0 28 286 2.81 .902

Drafted: 63rd overall, 2001
Colorado Avalanche

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