Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 25 or more games this season (and are still with the team) - or in this case, was considered the 'backup goalie' - and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#30 / Goalie / Dallas Stars
May 04, 1980
|2010 - Andrew Raycroft||19||847||8||5||40||2.83||446||406||.910||2|
Key Stat: 120.00 - Andrew's GAA against the Boston Bruins this year. He lasted only one minute and twenty seconds in that game and gave up two goals on two shots faced.
The Good: Andrew's season started off fairly well and he surprised many a hockey fan early by being a very capable backup option for the Stars. After getting some very limited playing time in October and November, he was given a steady work load in December starting in seven of the Stars sixteen games and performed very well going 5-2-0 with a 2.42 goals against average in the month.
The Bad: The turn of the calender to 2011 wasn't so kind to Andrew even though he started the year off with a 26 save shutout in Minnesota. The aforementioned nightmare in Boston sealed his fate as a goalie that the Stars coaching staff seemed to had lost all confidence in although that assertion does seem unfair given what he had to deal with in front of him that night. A poor start over a month later in Vancouver resulting in five goals against and a loss was the final blow.
The Bottom Line: Raycroft still has a year left on his contract. With the Stars younger goalies not ready for prime-time just yet and the overall NHL market over-run by average goalies of Raycroft's ilk, moving him for any kind of assets is next to impossible. The real issue going into next season will be, can the coaching staff trust Raycroft with a little more work?
The Vote: Rate Raycroft after the jump on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.