Evgeni Nabokov

Posted: January 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders
 

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

The Good: Nabokov is fundamentally sound in his mechanics when it comes to his glove hand. Many of his best saves involve his superior quickness with his glove hand. He has lightning-quick reflexes and the ability to snatch a sure goal away from opponents. Nabokov has decent stick skills when working in his crease and has improved heavily on his puck playing skills around the net. Nice combination of standup positioning and ‘V-style’ capability. Nabokov will challenge aggressively in an upright manner on shots from the wing, while playing down low and traffic situations Nabokov can easily adapt by playing on his knees, displaying nice form there as well. He challenges shooters well and is confident that he won’t make many mistakes.  His ability to outwait the shooter is his strongest attribute. Nabokov keeps his feet and set positioning as long as possible, forcing the shooters hand and reacting with quick controlled movements. During his time in San Jose, he was one of the leagues top goaltenders every single season.

The Bad: His glove hand is very strong. But, at times, he gets caught in between on move to close opening between arm and body and reaching naturally to catch the puck with his glove, allowing soft goals. His circus-save approach leads to occasional overreactions to certain shots. He has never come up big in important games, one of the reason San Jose was never able to make it far during the playoffs during his time there.

 

Awards and achievements

  • Calder Memorial Trophy – 2001
  • NHL All-Rookie Team – 2001
  • NHL First All-Star Team – 2008
  • NHL All-Star Game Appearances – 2001 and 2008
  • Best Goalkeeper – 2008 IIHF World Championship
  • Vezina Trophy Finalist – 2008
  • Set an NHL record on Feb. 11, 2010 at DET when he won his 11 consecutive road game (Nov. 21, 2009 vs. ANA – Feb. 11 2010 vs. DET)
  • First Goalkeeper in NHL history to score a powerplay goal
  • Became only the second goalie to record 3 consecutive 40 win seasons on Mar. 27, 2010 vs. VAN

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 33 10 21 2 1866 122 0 3.92 .872
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 43 26 14 1 2429 106 5 2.62 .909
1999–00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 2 1 1 0 120 3 1 1.50 .952
1999–00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 20 12 4 3 1164 52 0 2.68 .920
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 11 2 2 1 2645 15 1 2.17 .910
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 32 21 7 3700 135 6 2.19 .915
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 37 24 5 3901 149 7 2.29 .918
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 19 28 8 3227 146 3 2.71 .906
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 31 19 8 3455 127 9 2.21 .921
2004–05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 14 808 27 3 2.00
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 44 16 19 7 2515 129 1 3.10 .885
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 50 25 16 4 2777 106 7 2.29 .914
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 46 21 8 4560 163 6 2.14 .910
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 41 12 8 3686 150 7 2.44 .910
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 71 44 16 10 4194 170 3 2.43 .922
2010–11 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 22 8 8 5 1230 62 2 3.02 .888
NHL totals 563 293 178 29 37 32491 1294 50 2.39 .912
AHL totals 78 37 36 3 4415 231 6 2.68
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 NY ISLANDERS
ON PACE 39 13 21 0 2082 0 91 1004 2.64 .909
Drafted: 219th overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks

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