Archive for the ‘Dallas Stars’ Category
The Good: Raycroft’s Outstanding reflexes, a quick glove and excellent footspeed allow him to make the first save effectively. The 2004 Calder trophy winner was a revelation to most as an NHL rookie, but not to the Bruins scouts, who made the decision to draft him in the 5th round in 1998. They were drawn by his ability to read the play and position himself for easy saves. When he’s on his game, his positioning and technique are solid Raycroft has an athletic build and a positive attitude towards each game. He has proven success in the NHL.
The Bad: After winning the 2004 Calder Trophy as the leagues best player, Raycroft’s career has just gone down the toilet. Since 2007, Raycroft hasn’t played more than 31 games in one season and has only recorded 10+ wins once during that time span. He can easily be beaten upstairs. Razor needs to keep focusing on the consistency aspects of the game, as he lets in the odd soft goal. (more…)
The Good: Bachman has excellent quickness and agility in his crease. At just 5’10, Bachman is small. He has a lightning quick glove hand and is very athletic – a trait that he uses to keep himself in plays that some goalies would be out of. He is a confident ‘keeper that proved his worth at the collegiate level. Bachman has good reflexes and recuperative ability, allowing him to make some nice highlight reel saves. When Kari Lehtonen went down with an injury, Bachman outplayed 2004 Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft, earning him the backup role once Lehtonen returned. He has been very impressive and should have a good career as a backup goaltender. Only 3 days after getting called up by the Stars, Bachman earned a shutout against the New York Rangers in a 1-0 win.
The Good: Lehtonen, a 2nd round pick in 2002 by the Atlanta Thrashers, has excellent size and handles the puck extremely well. He is extremely quick and agile, challenges shooters, covers most of the net thanks to size, and is a confident ‘keeper when at his best. He has improved his conditionning level after countless injuries hurt the early stages of his career. He covers the bottom of the net very well, and lets his glove hand do the rest.Despite injury problems and playing on a weak team, Lehtonen is an excellent starting goaltender capable of putting up 35+ wins a season. He was a big reason the Stars started off 2011-2012 11-1, the one loss going to Andrew Raycroft. Lehtonen was the best goalie the Thrashers ever had during their short NHL stay, compiling a record of 94-83-17 with 14 shutouts. He led Atlanta to the franchise’s only playoff appearance in 2006-07. (more…)