The Good: For such a tall goalie, Pogge moves very well in his crease and handles the puck well. He uses his size to his advantage, cutting down the angle very well. He is rarely caught out of position because of his power, which is a credit to his conditioning. His rebound control and reflexes both are above-average. “Poggo” enjoyed a stellar junior career, and has the ability to come up with big saves in crucial situations at lower levels. (more…)
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The Good: Jason has tremendous size for the goaltending position, so he fills up most of the net. He is capable of making spectacular saves from time to time, and is also a great team-first guy. Labarbera has had a ton of success in the AHL, so he can either be used as an NHL backup or AHL starter. The journeyman backup boasts impressive size as his greatest strength. He was OK in 17 games last season, going 7-6-3 with a .909 save percentage and 3.26 GAA. It’s hard to imagine “The Barber” being a starter for the Coyotes, but he could be a reasonably decent backup for two more seasons. If Mike Smith goes down with an injury, Labarbera can provide short-term success as the Coyotes starter.
The Bad: Consistency has always eluded him at the National Hockey League level. He has questionable lateral mobility, which hurts his overall effectiveness. His minor level success has yet to transfer to the NHL.
- Named to the WHL All-Star Team in 2000.
- Named to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2004 and 2007.
- Awarded the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award (AHL Top Goaltender) in 2004 and 2007.
- Awarded the Les Cunningham Award (AHL MVP) in 2004.
- Awarded the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award (AHL, fewest team goals against) in 2005 and 2007.
|1996-97||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||9||0||0||443||18||0||0||2.44||5||1||0||175||0.907||–||–||–|
|1997-98||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||23||2||9||1305||72||0||1||3.31||18||4||0||588||0.891||–||–||–|
|1998-99||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||51||5||14||2994||170||3||4||3.41||18||20||3||1602||0.904||4||0||0|
|1999-00||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||34||0||6||2005||123||0||1||3.68||8||24||2||1148||0.903||–||–||–|
|2000-01||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||10||0||0||0||0.00||2||1.000||–||–||–|
|2000-01||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||4||0||0||156||12||0||0||4.61||1||1||0||81||0.871||–||–||–|
|2001-02||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||20||0||0||1058||55||3||0||3.12||7||11||1||573||0.912||–||–||–|
|2002-03||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||46||2||6||2452||105||5||2||2.57||18||17||6||1134||0.915||2||0||0|
|2003-04||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||59||1||4||3393||90||0||13||1.59||34||9||9||1324||0.936||16||0||0|
|2003-04||New York Rangers||NHL||4||1||2||198||16||0||0||4.85||1||2||0||75||0.824||–||–||–|
|2004-05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||53||0||6||2937||90||0||6||1.84||31||16||2||1284||0.934||4||0||2|
|2005-06||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||29||1||0||1433||69||5||1||2.89||11||9||2||619||0.900||–||–||–|
|2007-08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||45||0||2||2421||121||3||1||3.00||17||23||2||1220||0.910||–||–||–|
|2008-09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||19||0||2||995||47||1||2||2.83||5||8||4||392||0.893||–||–||–|
Drafted by NY Rangers in 1998 (3/66).
The Good: Smith has a huge frame, which helps him cover up most of the net. The good news for Phoenix fans is that he doesn’t usually hurt himself, or his team, by letting in soft goals. He handles the puck very well and helps his defense clear the zone quickly (puck handling is his best attribute). Smith never was able to prove himself in Dallas or Tampa, so signing with Phoenix was a great desicison. He now has a chance to show he can be a number one goalie in the National Hockey League, and so far he has proven himself well with a weak team. With Sean Burke as a goalie coach, he has a great mentor to help improve his game. He gained an infinite amount of wisdom last season in Tampa Bay and received excellent guidance from goaltending coach Frantz Jean. Smith proved last playoffs that he was capable of being a starter for stretches. (more…)