Will anyone ever score on Philly-Leighton again?

Well, I’m sure that eventually somebody sometime is going to slip a puck past Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Surely it has to happen, don’t-cha think…if for no other reason than the odds simply dictate it must happen. But just when it might happen…well, that’s anyone’s guess.

Chris Pronger and Michael Leighton check each others temperature...because they and the Flyers' defense have been on fire of late (AP photo)

Chris Pronger and Michael Leighton check each others temperature...because they and the Flyers' have been on fire of late (AP photo)

Leighton and the Flyers have jumped out to a two games to none lead on the Montreal Canadiens by following up their 6-0 whipping of the Habs with another shutout…this time 3-0. Montreal outshot Philly 30-23 in Tuesday night’s game-two, but just like Sunday Leighton sprung no leaks and held tight. He has now stopped all 58 Canadiens shots taken in the series.

“We’re in a great situation”, Leighton said of his team being only two wins away from their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1997. “I’m not trying to think so much”.

The shutout means a lot to me but the win means a lot more”.

Going back to Friday night’s game-seven, come-from-behind win in Boston, the Flyers keeper has gone over eight periods without being scored upon…a total of 165 minutes and 50 seconds since Milan Lucic’s unassisted goal put the Bruins up 3-0. It is the second-longest scoreless streak for any Flyers goalie in the playoffs since 2000 when Philly went 184:45 between having a puck get past a keeper.

The over/under on when the Flyers will be scored on again is 13:30 of the second period of game 3 with Montreal

  • I'll take the"under"! (70%, 38 Votes)
  • I'll take the "over"! (30%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

Loading ... Loading ...

The goalie that was in net for them at that time…Brian Boucher.

Since entering game five of the Bruins series, he has played in 4 games plus 24:35 and has stopped 124 of the 128 shots taken against him for a .969 SV% and a goals against average of OH-89…BINGO!.

Given that, I’m going to set the over/under for the next time someone will score against Philadelphia at…13:30 of the second period of Thursday’s game-three in Montreal. If you think the Habs will finally break through before that time, choose the “under”. If you think it’ll take longer…then the “over” is your vote.

Not to be overlooked is the work on the other end of the ice for Philly. They have scored 13 consecutive goals since the first period of that game-seven in Beantown Friday night. But Danny Briere says they are just getting warmed up.

“We all feel like we haven’t played our best games yet,” said Briere who scored his ninth goal of the playoffs Tuesday night. “We still have more in the tank.”

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch…

While we sit by and watch Michael Leighton and the Flyers defense deny and turn away their opponents in much the same fashion and frequency Debbie Hesslefielder did me in the 11th grade…let me redirect you focus back towards Thrasherville for a moment, if I may.

Oh, there’s no real news to report here… but just for grins and giggles I’ve compiled the Thrashers defensive stats over their first 10 years of play in the league and now submit them for your review.

But I warn you… if you have just eaten or are otherwise squeamish in general, you may wish to skip over it and go straight to the comments section of this forum. It isn’t pretty…

1999-’00: 3.82 GA/G, (28th)* – 31.0 SA/G, (27th)* – 80.3% PK, (24th)*.

2000-’01: 3.52 GA/G, (29th) – 32.4 SA/G, (30th) – 77.9% PK, (30th).

2001-’02: 3.51 GA/G, (30th) – 35.5 SA/G, (30th) – 81.8% PK, (25th).

2002-’03: 3.46 GA/G, (30th) – 31.6 SA/G, (27th) – 81.6% PK, (25th).

2003-’04: 2.96 GA/G, (25th) – 29.4 SA/G, (23rd) – 85.1% PK, (T-8th).

2005-’06: 3.26 GA/G, (24th) – 30.3 SA/G, (18th) – 72.2% PK, (T-25th).

2006-’07: 2.94 GA/G, (15th) – 31.5 SA/G, (25th) – 79.8% PK, (26th).

2007-‘08: 3.24 GA/G, (T-30th) – 33.9 SA/G, (30th) – 78.8% PK, (27th).

2008-’09: 3.40 GA/G, (29th) – 32.7 SA/G, (27th) -76.0% PK, (29th).

2009-’10: 3.05 GA/G, (25th) – 33.1 SA/G, (T-27th) -82.2% PK, (16th).

*Only 28 teams in NHL in the 1999-’00 season.

Now, the words “defensive power house” and “Atlanta Thrashers” have rarely seldom not often hardly…OK, OK…have NEVER been used in the same sentence. In fact, I have often opined that the way the Thrashers play defense causes goalies to take more rubber to the face than a possum on GA Hwy. 92.

And these numbers just back that up…but let’s look even closer still.

There has only been two…count them, one-two… occasions in the first ten seasons of play that the Thrashers have finished in the upper half of any of those statistical categories. 2003-’04 when their 85.1% penalty killing was tied for 8th in the NHL and in 2006-’07…a.k.a., the playoff season…their 2.94GA/G was good enough for 15th in the league. Coming close was last year’s 82/2% PK, which was 16th best.

Conversely…of the 30 possible categories, 24 times they have finished in the bottom 6.

In just the past three seasons alone, they have ended the year 30th, 29th & 25th in GA/G…30th, 27th & tied for 27th in SA/G… and 27th, 29th & 16th on the penalty kill.

Either way you look at it, folks, historically the Thrashers defense has been un-good. In fact, the defensive play has been downright…ahem…offensive at times.

119 comments Add your comment

Brendan

May 19th, 2010
12:28 am

Leighton is putting on a clinic, Rawhide. I see tempers are flaring in SJ, as the Blackhawks and Sharks pair, with just seconds left in a 4-2 advantage for the ‘Hawks. I noticed Marian Hossa missed a wide open net, on his backhand. I shouldn’t chuckle.

Brendan

May 19th, 2010
12:31 am

The longest shutout streak I can remember was 2003, when J.S. Giguere shutout Minnesota (Wild) through the first three games. Minnesota did tally in the fourth game, in a sweep, in the Conference Finals.

Brendan

May 19th, 2010
12:38 am

By the way, I voted for the “under.” I think Montreal is wayyy overdue for a goal. The Habs just have to get paid to playing that “committed team style” rather than letting the Montreal press annoint Gionta and Cammalleri as the new Cournoyer and Lafleur of “la belle province.” Cammalleri played like he was the only player on the ice, tonight. In the Game One presser, Head Coach Jacques Martin said, “We played an individual style game. And you cannot win like that.”

I think the whole to Montreal coming back and taking this series … would be for them to pretend the Flyers are the Capitals or Penguins, then do what they did in those series. Instead, I think the Habs players have been reading the local Montreal press … declaring them the favorites, and taking them out of their more familiar “underdog” role this season. Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Semin have to be watching Montreal in this Flyer series, scratching their heads, thinking, “This is the team that defeated us????”

MB

May 19th, 2010
12:43 am

Fortunately I’ve finished my last beer of the night. Otherwise, Rawhide, I’d be crying in it after reading those stats.

Tony C.

May 19th, 2010
4:29 am

Yeah, that’s grim.

Still, I’ll be happy with a middle-of-the-road defensive effort from next year’s squad, although I expect our PK numbers to be in the top third of the league.

Basically, I feel that (provided we keep Kubina) we had a decent PK this season, and that it will get better as the PKers have more experience with each other.

World Be Free

May 19th, 2010
7:53 am

And how many times has Leighton been put on waivers or traded for virtually nothing? Leighton and Boucher, just shows you that you cannot give up on the right goaltender. I see these guys and I think of Hasek, who was an afterthought in Buffalo AND throughout the league. I am not saying these guys are Dom, but you look at these 2 and Craig Anderson and wonder. Lavs has his team playing great in front of Leighton. Pronger has been a force and nobody on the Flyers is taking any dumb penalties. Montreal has been the aggressors with late hits and extra activities. Naturally, the refs are looking the other way cause it’s the Habs.

Brendan-I would stay away from anyone on Buffalo’s roster, with the exception of Miller and Myers. The rest are 3rd liners.

Bill, I think the next coach will be a guy who can coach at both ends of the rink. What frustrated me about Anderson was his inability to adapt his team to protecting a lead. The shots kept coming and all John could do was yell “WTF”.

Arniel, Torchetti or Ramsay-all would be an improvement over Anderson I would like to start today’s conversation my challenging anyone to a discussion on that statement. Do any of you have an issue with any of the 3 candidates noted or have a darkhorse candidate of your own? Let’s stay on Bill’s subject of defense and reducing shots.

FormerIslesFan

May 19th, 2010
7:56 am

You’ve heard me for years chirp about the SA/G statistic. Thanks for putting up the numbers to prove the point (not that anyone doubted it).

RH, any idea what the playoff record is for consecutive playoff minutes? In your article you mention the Flyers’ record, but not the NHL record.

Lastly, even though I love what I’m seeing, I’m going to take the under. I just don’t see Le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge not denting the twine back at their barn until that late in the second period. (FWIW, I do hope I’m wrong!).

Badger Bob

May 19th, 2010
7:59 am

Thanks (I think) for the D numbers, Rawhide. That highlights a real sad tale. There’s no doubt our early top draft picks generally focused on offensive (or selfish) forwards, but perhaps that’s changing. Kaner and UFA Antro were two big steps in the direction of two-way forwards – let’s hope it continues.

DWTOO

May 19th, 2010
8:06 am

On NHL live Chris Theiren, Flyers analyst, made the point that the worst game he saw from a goalie all year was Leighton against the Flyers earlier in the year. He had a “WTF” moment when the Flyers aquired him on waivers. Funny how things turn around so fast because Chris T. gives Leighton a lot of credit for turning it around.

Just goes to show you that talent evaluation, particularly goalies, is a crapshoot. Outside of the Haseks, Brodeurs, Roys there’s always a level of inconsistency in goalies.

As for the numbers above think I’ll delay breakfast for awhile. They’re just not acceptable. I think we need to pursue a coach who understands the concept of defence. We’ve always had a run/gun system. If we want to continue that we could hire June Jones back. Rawhide didn’t Eccelstone touch on this during an early viewing party?

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
8:10 am

And John Anderson said, “sometimes the best defense is a good offense.”

… yeah, not so much.

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
8:23 am

Looks like Halak doesn’t want the Conn Smythe after all… I think we have a battle between Toews, Gagne, and maybe Briere.

glovesave29

May 19th, 2010
8:28 am

…time to trot out the dead horse for a beating…
goalie coach Phildelphia – Jeff Reese
goalie coach Chicago – Stephane Waite
goalie coach Montreal – Pierre Groulx
goalie coach San Jose – Corey Schwab

goalie coach Atlanta – uh, ummmm, hmmmm lets see here, ah….

You want a goalie to suceed here, give him the tools to succeed. Success stories and reclamation projects wont happen here until we get serious about the most important position on the ice.

World Be Free

May 19th, 2010
8:32 am

Glovesave-this should be part of the discussion as to who the best candidate would be. The guy who can bring in a system AND a goalie coach. Alot like the quarterback coach in football-the guy can make all the difference.

HockeyCrazy

May 19th, 2010
8:34 am

Montreal had 30 — THIRTY — shots on goal last night, not 40, Ice Man!

Simplee Stoopid Donny Boy

May 19th, 2010
8:35 am

Who needs a goalie coach when your college roomie needs a job?

Rawhide

May 19th, 2010
8:38 am

Fortunately I’ve finished my last beer of the night. Otherwise, Rawhide, I’d be crying in it after reading those stats.

MB – That’s I I posted it so last :grin:

Still, I’ll be happy with a middle-of-the-road defensive effort from next year’s squad, although I expect our PK numbers to be in the top third of the league.

Tony C. – I understand what you’re saying…but sit back and think about what you just said. The Thrashers defense has been soooo bad….how bad its it?….well, it’s been so bad, that fans in Thrasherville are simplyhoping and praying for a mediocre showing next season.

Sad, isn’t it?

Bill, I think the next coach will be a guy who can coach at both ends of the rink. What frustrated me about Anderson was his inability to adapt his team to protecting a lead. The shots kept coming and all John could do was yell “WTF”.

WBF – Agreed…that, plus he needs to have the ability to have the players ready to go when the puck drops…and I mean in the first period, not the second.

RH, any idea what the playoff record is for consecutive playoff minutes? In your article you mention the Flyers’ record, but not the NHL record.

FIF – Hmmmm…good question. I do not have that answer. Maybe someone could “effort” that for us?

We’ve always had a run/gun system. If we want to continue that we could hire June Jones back. Rawhide didn’t Eccelstone touch on this during an early viewing party?

DWTOO – Yes, I believe he did.

HockeyCrazy – Indeed they did take 30 – THIRTY – Shots on goal. My mistake…been corrected.

You want a goalie to suceed here, give him the tools to succeed. Success stories and reclamation projects wont happen here until we get serious about the most important position on the ice

glovesave29 – Preach it, brothah’…preach it!

Spud Webb

May 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Thank you for that Bill. Breakfast is all gone after throwing up. UGH, horrible, horrible stats. Remember when we could’ve drafted the sure thing…Jay Bouwmester?? And we instead some fin goalie?? I still remember me and my best friend at the now dave and busters watching the draft w/the thrashers mascot, cheerleaders and the hoopla. We almost p&ssed ourselves when the pick was made. CRAP. I gotta go kick the dog.
Philly, I just cannot believe it. what a run they’re on?? Who would’ve thunk it???

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Three consecutive shutouts is the record for one playoff series held by many, most recently by JS Giguere in 2003, a year after Brent Johnson and Patrick Lalime did it. The record longest consecutive shutout minutes is held by the infamous George Hainsworth in 1930.

George Hainsworth, Montreal, 1930. Hainsworth’s shutout streak began after Murray Murdoch scored a goal for the NY Rangers at 15:34 of the first period in the first game of a semifinal series on March 28, 1930. Hainsworth did not allow another goal in the final 113:18 of that game, won by Montreal 2-1 at 8:52 of the 4th overtime period. Hainsworth then shutout the NY Rangers in
the next and final game of the series on March 30, 1930, won by Montreal 2-0. The streak continued with a 3-0 win over Boston in the opening game of the Finals on April 1, 1930. His streak ended on April 3, 1930 when Boston’s Eddie “Old Time Hockey” Shore scored at 16:50 of the second period in the second game.

glovesave29

May 19th, 2010
8:44 am

SSDB – my old college roomie is unemployed and on house arrest following his 6th (yes, I said 6th) DUI. I guess I could give him a call and let him know there’s a job opening here in Atlanta. He’s never played hockey…guess that makes him just about overqualified. Need to have training camp and all games out in northern California…he’s got an ankle bracelet. Sound good?

Spud Webb

May 19th, 2010
8:47 am

WOW, 6 DUI’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

glovesave29

May 19th, 2010
8:54 am

I know Spud – pretty scary, eh? One was on the evening after his court date for the previous one!

Rawhide

May 19th, 2010
8:56 am

Red Light – Well done…thanks.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 19th, 2010
9:08 am

Not to sound smug, but Leighton best enjoy this “walk on the moon” moment now because once he is in the finals against Chicago those pucks are going to be EVERYWHERE…..but mostly behind him.

Blackhawks over the Flyers in 5 games……write it down!

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
9:17 am

WOW, 6 DUI’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unreal… can’t believe he was allowed to get to 6 before getting house arrest.

Alan R.

May 19th, 2010
9:39 am

Brendan, regarding your query from the previous blog, my answer is “unknown.” I say that because I hated Seinfeld, and therefore didn’t watch any of it. At all. Ever.

That said, I had this uncanny ability to tune out Doc. I also avoided Versus whenever possible, choosing instead to grab on to whatever feed that was local I could get. Even the announcers on CSN came up to breathe every once in a while when calling the SJ-DET series.

I haven’t watched a game since the Habs beat the Pens, choosing instead to listen to online radio while doing other things.

Adam

May 19th, 2010
9:57 am

No need to worry about having a goalie coach. Duds has made the comment, in an interview with Vivs, that there will most definitely be one hired during this off season.

My main concern is that Duds is going to bring in a head coach without any recent NHL bench time. If this does happen I hope the NHL team he was affiliating was heavily involved with the direction and game plan to take with their prospects. We don’t another head coach with an AHL game plan.

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
10:15 am

Savannah: I’ll go you one better than that. The Flyers have played nearly perfect hockey for its last 6-7 periods, but while this team is playing great right now and are clicking on nearly everything, they are being set up for a fall. True, they are 16-0 when taking a 2-0 lead in any playoff series, but the Habs have come from behind after losing the first two games five times since 1966. Boucher’s shutout record in 2000 was in large part due to a five OT victory in which he held the Pens scoreless for 149:39 in one game and for another 35 minutes of the next game. However, the Flyers lost the next series to the Devils. While Montreal’s home playoff record hasn’t been good since moving to the Bell Centre, they have shown the ability to come from behind in the last two series, so I don’t think they’re down and out just yet.

That being said, I think they must score the first goal of Game 3 and if they do, the series’ momentum could wing Montreal’s way. We haven’t seen the last of the Canadiens just yet. I don’t think you’ll see as many Philadelphia power plays in Montreal.

Emrick wants to be the show rather than allowing the game to speak for itself. Where’s Foster Hewitt when you need him?

Smoothie

May 19th, 2010
10:21 am

What do these 5 teams have in common? NJ, BOS, PHX, BUF & CGY

Each of these teams has a top 6 GAA in the NHL, but also an inability to score clutch goals when necessary in tight games. Check out these interesting numbers:

GAA Rnk) TEAM…..GFA (Rnk)

(1) NJD @ 2.24….2.60 (19)
(2) BOS @ 2.28….2.34 (30)
(3) PHX @ 2.34….2.52 (24)
(4) BUF @ 2.42….2.78 (9) <– looks like they are exception to the rule
(5) CHI @ 2.43….3.14 (3) <– no problem with clutch scoring here!
(6) CGY @ 2.45….2.42 (28) <– actually have a minus goal differential

Seems to me Buffalo not only ran into hot goaltending at the wrong time, but also suffered as a result of Ryan Miller's overuse and likely fatigue from having played so many important games in the 2nd half of the year, Olympics and otherwise. Looking at the teams remaining, CHI by far has the best goal differential (almost .35 better than SJ who has a +.57 goal diff) and MTL of course the worst with a minus goal differential of -.10 during the regular season. I think Halak's magical run has come to an end. Things have a tendency to return to the mean over a longer period of time.

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
10:43 am

FYI… the NHL Combine begins next week, so we should have a little more to talk about.

Simplee Stoopid Donny Boy

May 19th, 2010
10:53 am

glovesave29 – Your former roomie seems to have Week qualifications. He should apply.

Russ

May 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Alan R. – I have to say Seinfeld is my favorite show of all-time. How can you say you hated it if you never saw it? Or did you actually see it once and decide you had seen enough? Just curious as I thought Seinfeld was pretty universally considered a quality program even if you weren’t a die-hard fan. Sorry to get off topic.

By the way, I din’t give my picks for the conference finals and as you’ll see I’m being honest with what I had picked before they started:

Montreal in 6 and San Jose in 7. I’m sitting at 6-6 right now and the very real possibility of having a losing record this post-season. Yuck.

Joe Friday

May 19th, 2010
11:01 am

“Either way you look at it, folks, historically the Thrashers defense has been un-good. In fact, the defensive play has been downright…ahem…offensive at times.”

100% spot on and good reality check. Context fellas. You’re so used to seeing Don Waddell’s incredibly inept defenseman that you think Toby Enstrom is someone we can count on. He logged large minutes while helping this club to those stats above. We need upgrades, upgrades. A true #1 guy is the first thing we need, Kubina is a good #2, but we need a true shutdown #1 dman that can eat minutes night after night. If Bogosian can turn into that guy, we’re gold, but I see little to no chance of that happening this year or the next, and true #1 shutdown guys don’t grow on trees, a trade for one would be nice, but it’s hard to pick one off as a free agent.

So, mabye we should sign Leighton now, eh Kracker? He’s the next coming because that’s how we evaluate goalies, like Nabokov, eh? lol. Come one now.

Anyone want to sign Boucher and Leighton expecting them to perform like that for us over the course of a season? Didn’t think so…you have to look at a goalie’s performance over a larger span than a couple games (Kari Lehtonen looked like Patty Roy over 5 game stretches). Shoot, any of them can get hot for a few weeks or months (as glover was preaching with Halak). I still don’t think Halak has come down to earth that has put them down 2-cobb, more that the Habs finally are coming back down to earth over the incredibly elevated game they brought through the first two rounds.

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
11:12 am

More playoff stats: The Sharks are down 0-2 in a playoff series for the 8th time in their history and for the 3rd time in the last 3 years. Their record in Game 3 in those series, all of which they have lost, is 5-2 overall and 4-1 on the road.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 19th, 2010
11:16 am

Emrick has grown on me; not sure if it’s because I’ve tuned him out or if I’ve just gotten used to him. The few seconds when he isn’t speaking, I am always concerned that he has passed out from lack of oxygen. He’d make a great used car salesman; or a rodeo auctioneer. His little jokey-joke punctuations can be headscratchers, sometimes, but Eddie Olczyk always giggles like a schoolgirl so they are probably here to stay. As a former class clown (I was actually called worse, but I’m mindful of the spam filters), the old saw about “giving him any attention will only encourage him” is very true.

A fun game (not nearly as fun as WTF; but fun nonetheless) is to close your eyes and just listen to Emrick. You would think you are listening to the most exciting hockey game in the history of the entire course of human civilization. He is excited!! Compare that to someone like Pierre McGuire and his “voice of doom”. McGuire and laryngitis…….I can dream.

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
11:22 am

Emrick always tosses in where a particular player played his college hockey. The other night he said, “Keith, the Michigan State product, blah, blah blah” He did play there for parts of two seasons and was Slater’s roommate, but he went back to juniors as a 19-year-old, so “product” wasn’t exactly apropos. Nails on a chalkboard for me because he gets too much air time. Give me Sam Rosen any day. McGuire’s a clown!

Tommy Flanagan

May 19th, 2010
11:24 am

Um…I picked the Flyers…to um…win it it all, yea, that’s the ticket!! Me and my wife, um…Morgan Fairchild are good friends with…um…Chris….Pronger, yeah, that’s the ticket.

Alan R.

May 19th, 2010
11:30 am

Or did you actually see it once and decide you had seen enough?

I saw it a few times. It just wasn’t all that good, in my opinion.

Between shows like Seinfeld and the moronic Reality TV craze of the late 90s, I actually stopped watching TV. Only reason I turn on the TV is hockey, CSPAN, and the weather. Everything else I want to see is readily available from the internet, and it’s there anytime I want to see it. :P

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
11:38 am

Alan R:

“What Sally and her Pet Swan Did” is one of my favorites too, and also is available on the internet anytime!

glovesave29

May 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

Alan – catch “Top Gear” on BBC America…great writers, interesting topics, good chemistry between the hosts…ya might like it.

In between SC hockey…of course!!!

glovesave29

May 19th, 2010
12:15 pm

Whoa whoa whoa JF – is this not EXACTLY what I said a few weeks back about Halak. You are saying about Leighton and Boucher what I was saying about Halak. Great stretch…carrying his team…but not ready to give the big bucks / long term contract / hell – even the Conn Smythe to a guy based on a few weeks of great results. Now Jaroslav is younger than the PHI tandem, that I will certainly put in his plus column – but if you notice, he’s gone back to his old ways. Look how happy his feet are again vs. the calm and methodical goalie he was against WSH and PIT.

Simplee Stoopid Donny Boy

May 19th, 2010
12:27 pm

Andy Sutton is available this summer. Now, thats a top line defenseman if I ever saw one, and I’ve seen several, Krupp, Klee, Modry….

Rawhide

May 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

In keeping with the discussion on goalkeeping…I just recieved a press release stating that the Thrashers have signed OHL prospects Chris Carrozzi and Ed Pasquale to entry-level contracts.

It reads as follows:

Thrashers Sign Goaltenders Edward Pasquale and Chris Carrozzi

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed goaltenders Edward Pasquale, the team’s fourth round selection (117th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and Chris Carrozzi, the team’s sixth round selection (154th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

Pasquale, 19, appeared in 51 games last season with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, posting a 27-17-5 record with one shutout, a 3.17 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He was tied for fourth in the OHL in save percentage and shared sixth in wins. The 6-2, 220-pound goaltender also posted a 2-3-1 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in six post-season games.

The Toronto, Ontario, native has posted a 75-48-13 record with two shutouts, a 3.11 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 142 career OHL games with Belleville and Saginaw from 2006 to 2010. Pasquale has added a 6-8-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 16 OHL playoff games, all with Saginaw.

Carrozzi, who was named the 2009-10 Canadian Hockey League and OHL Goaltender of the Year, appeared in 37 games with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, posting a 19-10-5 record with five shutouts, a 2.36 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. The 6-3, 185-pound goaltender was tied for the league-lead in shutouts and finished second in goals-against average while setting new career-highs in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Carrozzi, 20, posted a 5-1-1 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in eight playoff games this year and also earned the OHL Goaltender of the Week honors for the week ending March 28.

The Ottawa, Ontario, native has earned a 76-49-12 record in 156 career games from 2006-2010, all with St. Michael’s, earning a 2.92 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage with 11 shutouts over that span. Carrozzi has appeared in 14 OHL playoff games in his career with St. Michael’s posting a record of 5-5-1 with a goals-against average of 3.08 and a save percentage of .899 with one shutout.

Jeff97

May 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

Either the Thrashers need to bring in a proven playoff performing goalie such as Nabokov or a proven playoff performing goal scorer..(both would be nice). Calgary has few picks in the upper part of the draft this year..Can we use one of ours to try and get Iggy? Not only would he add leadership that is sorely lacking, but would also help put some extra butts in the seats this year. What guarantee is there that the #8 pick in the draft will turn out to be an all-star?

World Be Free

May 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

You want to improve the Thrashers’ defense? The next coach better get the wingers to cover the pointmen and reduce the number of shots from the opposing defenseman. I have never seen a team give up so many shots from the poiints as the Thrashers did last season. And please stop referring to Toby as a “top” defenseman. He’s outmuscled by every forward in the league.

Adam, Torchetti and Ramsay are current NHL assistants. Can’t remember when Arneil was an NHL asistant.

How many times did Doc have to tell us that Mark Eaton was from Delaware? Darryl Reaugh has done a very good job on color for VS. Red Light-I like Rosen too, always have.

JF-I think both goalies will re-up in Philly. They won’t have enough money to go out and get another #1.

Midfield

May 19th, 2010
12:53 pm

Personally, I don’t think Leighton will keep any streak long enough to prevail over Chicago – not that I know for sure if the Flyers and the Hawks will advance, of course. But to me, Chicago looks like the Edmonton of Gretzky era or the Detroit with Stevey Z and the Russian 5. Fun to watch.

World Be Free

May 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

There’s only 1 reason why I would want an NHL team back in Quebec City-so we could have the Battle of Quebec again! Those Montreal/Quebec Nordique playoff series were great. As Bob Cole used to say “this is bad blood”. Those teams used to kill each other. NHL Network highlighted some of the 80’s and early 90’s series on Frozen in Time last night. Brought back some memories, since I really didn’t like either team back then.

JF- insidebatarea.com is speculating that Nabakov is close to playing his last games as a San Jose Shark.

Red Light

May 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

World Be Free: The Sabres haven’t been the same since assistant coach Scott Arniel left after the 2005-06 season for Manitoba!

Shame on you for not remembering that. Must be age!

World Be Free

May 19th, 2010
1:44 pm

Well, I think there’s been a few other things that have screwed the Sabres – but losing Arniel was one of then! I really liked him as a player too.

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
1:55 pm

Rawhide… should be interesting to see how they handle the goaltending with the Wolves. Manino is RFA this summer, not sure what MacIntyre’s situation is. I recall Dudley saying Carozzi will probably get time in Chicago.

I’m thinking Pasquale goes back to Juniors and Manino and Carozzi play in Chicago?

GaVaHokie

May 19th, 2010
1:59 pm

Actually, this is what Dudley was saying about goaltending…

Carrozzi would be an overage player if he went back to junior and I’m not sure about Pasquale off the top of my head. He’s only one year removed from the draft. As the reigning OHL goaltender of the year it wouldn’t be too tough to place Carrozzi, but we have to look at what would be best for him. Would it be better for him to play in the American league or in the ECHL, or would it be better for him to go back to junior. Or, would it be better as somebody suggested to me recently, an agent, would it be better if he played a year in Europe? If he’s not going to play a lot of games in a place like Chicago… we need him playing a lot of game someplace for his development, so we have to make decisions on how that’s going to go.