Henrik Lundqvist

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

The Good: Lundqvist is no question a highly talented goalie. He has a very calm style of playing, and often moves out well to cover shots. Moves well, has good reflexes and uses his blocker well. Has a strong will to win and really hates losing. There isn’t many goalies who play better under pressure. He has great anticipation and can make spectacular saves look routine. Extremely competitive, he has performed at a very high level in just about every league or tournament he’s played in. He takes away most of the bottom of the net and has spectacular lateral movement. Lundqvist is one of the leagues top elite goaltenders, and since he was picked 205th overall in 2000, he was a great find by the New York Rangers.

The Bad: Lundqvist’s biggest weakness is his stickhandling though he has improved it over the years.  He can be beaten upstairs by NHL shooters, since he is usually very deep in his crease to take away the lower part of the net.  He can also wear down if overused, which seems to be the case every single season. He doesn’t move as quickly when leaving the crease as some elite netminders, such as Tim Thomas or Marc-Andre Fleury.

Awards

Elitserien awards

Award Year(s) awarded
Junior Hockey Player of the Year 2002
Honken Trophy 2003, 2004, 2005
Guldhjälmen 2005
Guldpucken 2005

NHL/New York Rangers awards

Award Year(s) awarded
All-Rookie Team 2006
Victoria Cup – New York Rangers 2008
All-Star Game 20092011

Nominations

Award Year(s) nominated
Vezina Trophy 200620072008

International

Award Year(s) awarded
WC Best Goaltender 2004
WC All-Star Team 2004

 

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL SA MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 4 823 11 0 1.46 .981
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 20 1,153 52 2 2.71 .900
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 28 1,651 40 6 1.45 .949
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 48 2,898 105 7 2.17 .927
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 44 30 6 3 2 2,641 79 6 1.79 .936
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 53 30 12 9 1,485 3,111 116 2 2.24 .922
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 70 37 22 8 1,927 4,108 160 5 2.34 .917
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 72 37 24 10 1,823 4,304 160 10 2.23 .912
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 70 38 25 7 2,007 4,153 168 3 2.43 .916
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 73 35 27 10 2,109 4,204 167 4 2.38 .921
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 68 36 27 5 1,965 4,007 152 11 2.28 .923
SEL totals 144 8,534 287 21 1.99
NHL totals 406 213 137 49 11,316 23,889 923 35 2.32 .918

Post-season

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 8 490 18 2 2.21 .931
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 12 740 26 2 2.11 .921
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 10 610 20 0 1.97 .936
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 14 12 2 855 15 6 1.05 .961
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 3 177 13 0 4.41 .835
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 10 6 4 637 22 1 2.07 .924
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 10 5 5 608 26 1 2.57 .909
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 7 3 4 380 19 1 3.00 .908
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL did not qualify
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 5 1 4 346 13 0 2.25 .917
SEL totals 44 2695 79 10 1.76
NHL totals 35 15 20 2148 93 3 2.60 .909

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 NY RANGERS
ON PACE 61 36 17 7 3693 5 120 1850 1.95 .935

 

Drafted: 205th overall, 2000
New York Rangers

 

Comments
  1. willsports says:

    I think Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the league, currently. Great blog.
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