The really funny part is that when they do talk about the difference between Babs/Keefe and Lou/Dubas, they say that the new team now plays "all out offense open the barnndoors" hockey, and that they've been turned into a smaller, and less defensive team.No media ever wants to report the stats difference with the same roster between Keefe/Babcock.
I preface this with: Goaltending is voodooMy biggest worry is the Elvis goalie guy. If he goes lights out, it could be trouble. I hope though that the Leafs can get to him early, as it will be a big bump in quality going from practicing with the Jackets shooters vs. the Leafs.
I checked his stats a while back and didn't see many blemishes. I'll take another look.I preface this with: Goaltending is voodoo
But Merzlikins is kind of shit. Not shit-shit, but he was never any better than a top 5 goalie in a 2nd class european league with 12 teams in it. He has had one stupid month in the NHL (.948 in 10 games) propping up his numbers and even that is making it look better than it is. He has an 8 game stretch at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb where had had 5 shutouts in 8 games with zero bad games in there.
It's kind of hard to tell with such a small sample, but he's probably not good. Korpisaalo might be better and he's pretty bad.
His swiss numbers look impressive at a glance, but league leaders are usually in the .930 range and it's a 12 team league. He's sat a firm step outside of elite in the swiss league during his time there. This season in the NHL, pull his game log and look at late jan-early feb. 5 shutty's in 8 games. You've gotta be pretty fucking mediocre to have a 5 shutty stretch over 33 games of work and not be sitting in the .930's. He looks a hell of a lot like a .900 goalie who just went all JS Aubin for a few weeks.I checked his stats a while back and didn't see many blemishes. I'll take another look.