Mathieu Garon

Posted: January 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Tampa Bay Lightning

”]  The Good:When he slides, Garon stays in position and doesn’t have to scramble back to make a save. It’s a small thing, but it’s key for a butterfly goalie to be positionally sound. He shows an excellent glove hand (hes a right hander, instead of the normal left hand) and has a lot of persistence in the crease area. He is a hard worker and displays the ability to bounce back from adversity. When the starting goalies are struggling, or just need a break, like in Columbus and Tampa, Garon is able to play as a starter for stretches. He was a starter in Edmonton and L.A, so he has the experience. If he gets the game time necessary, watch out, he can be a force. He has played on some weak teams during his career, yet made the most of it. Underrated.

The Bad: His largest problem is his lack of concentration in games. If this is due to desire or confidence or intensity I can’t say. He doesn’t handle the pressure of playing major minutes well and generally lacks consistency in his game. He’s also prone to slumps. Garon could go down as a wasted talent, as he never got to play on a contending team. He has been a backup for the bigger part of his career, but has only played two playoff games during his entire career (Both were fill-ins after the starting goalie was yanked). He is old (34).

CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
Stanley Cup 2008-09 (Pittsburgh)
Canadian Major Junior – Goaltender of the Year 1997-98
Canadian Major Junior – First All-Star Team 1997-98
QMJHL – Raymond Lagace Trophy (Defensive Rookie of the Year) 1995-96
QMJHL – Jacques Plante Trophy (Best Goaltender) 1997-98
QMJHL – First All-Star Team 1997-98

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 51 18 27 0 2709 189 1 4.19
1996-97 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 53 29 18 3 3032 150 6 2.97 .909
1997–98 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 47 27 18 2 2802 125 5 2.68 .909
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 40 14 22 2 2222 114 3 3.08 .904
1999–2000 Quebec Citadelles AHL 53 17 28 3 2884 149 2 3.10 .898
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 31 16 13 1 1768 86 1 2.92 .920
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 4 5 1 589 24 2 2.44 .897
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 50 21 15 12 2988 136 2 2.73 .918
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 1 4 0 261 19 0 4.37 .871
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 20 15 2 2 1150 34 4 1.77 .937
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 3 5 0 482 16 2 1.99 .940
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 8 6 2 1003 38 0 2.27 .921
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 52 32 14 4 2969 105 8 2.12 .927
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 31 26 3 3446 185 4 3.22 .894
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 13 10 6 1779 79 2 2.66 .907
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 26 18 1 2658 118 4 2.66 .913
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 6 8 0 815 43 0 3.17 .895
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 2 1 0 206 10 0 2.91 .894
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 35 12 9 6 1771 83 2 2.81 .903
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 10 14 6 1938 88 3 2.72 .901
NHL totals 275 116 106 25 14947 703 19 2.82 .904
AHL totals 246 115 94 24 13981 624 20 2.68 .915
QMJHL totals 151 74 63 5 8543 464 12 3.26

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995-96 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 12 7 4 676 38 1 3.37
1996-97 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 6 2 4 330 23 0 4.18
1997-98 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 6 2 4 345 22 0 3.83
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 6 1 1 208 12 0 3.46 .911
1999–2000 Quebec Citadelles AHL 1 0 0 20 3 0 9.00 .833
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 8 4 4 459 22 1 2.88 .933
1999–2000 Quebec Citadelles AHL 3 0 3 198 12 0 3.64 .874
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 12 0 0 0.00 1.000
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 6 2 4 285 17 0 3.58 .893
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 24 0 0 0.00 1.000
NHL totals 2 0 0 36 0 0 0.00 1.000
AHL totals 24 7 12 1170 66 1 3.38 .910
QMJHL totals 24 11 12 1351 83 1 3.69
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 TAMPA BAY
ON PACE 56 23 22 3 2833 1 137 1402 2.92 .902

Drafted: 44th overall, 1996
Montreal Canadiens

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