The Coming Thing: Goaltending's Continuing Evolution
The Coming Thing: Goaltending's Continuing Evolution

This article is part of our The Coming Thing series.

This week, as I was browsing through the invaluable Hockey-Reference.com, I came upon the entry for one Patrick Roy. You may have heard of him – four Stanley Cups split evenly between the Canadiens and the Avalanche, widely considered the greatest goalie of all time (why not Dominik Hasek, you ask? Me too!), now the Avs' head coach.

Here's something you probably don't know or didn't remember about Patrick Roy: He led the NHL in save percentage only four times in 20 seasons, with all four coming in his first seven campaigns: 1987-88, 1988-89,1989-90and 1991-92. His save percentages in those seasons: .900 (yeah), .908, .912, .914. Even the best mark in that group would have been good for No. 24 on the list among qualified goaltenders last year.

That's not to say that Roy wasn't amazing, but rather that the league has changed.

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Andrew Fiorentino
Managing hockey editor, talent wrangler, football columnist, FSWA's 2015 fantasy hockey writer of the year. Twitter: @akfiorentino
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