Jacques Cloutier won his first-round match-up with just 55% of the vote. He took on Ty Conklin in the second round, and squeaked by with an even slimmer 51% in order to continue his run to the semi-finals. Today, another goaltender from the 1980's will try to join him as Alain Chevrier takes on back-up extraordinaire, Jamie McLennan.
(14) Alain Chevrier
Alain Chevrier is a uniformly terrible goaltender. Most of the goaltenders in this tournament have at least one year that they can point to that was pretty good: Andrew Raycroft won the Calder Trophy, Tim Cheveldae was an all-star, and so was Craig Billington. But not Chevrier. The closest thing is probably a 16-game sample known as the 1988-89 playoffs. Chevrier was (inexplicably) the starting goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks that year, and helped the club to make it all the way to the Conference Finals where they lost to the Calgary Flames despite Chevrier's .910 save percentage in the series, a very good number for that era. But that is an achievement that flows against the rest of his career in which he posted a below average save percentage in every single season thus creating a massive gap between his actual performance and what would have been expected of an average goaltender.
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Bottom five GAA in 1986-87; worst Sv % in 1989-90; bottom five Sv % in 1985-86.
Career v. Average: .864 on 6,197 shots compared to .879 expected.
Here's how Chevrier compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games:
(11) Jamie McLennan
Jamie McLennan is one of just four goaltenders in NHL history to play in at least eleven seasons without hitting the 40-game mark at least one time (the others are Jimmy Waite, Jeff Reese, and Wade Flaherty), and the only goaltender in NHL history to do that and play in at least 200 NHL games for his career. It is a rare thing to stick around for that long and yet never have go on a run so good that some coach somewhere thinks of you as a good starting option. And it's not as though McLennan was constantly trapped behind solid starting goaltenders. In four of the seven seasons that saw McLennan start at least twenty games, his teammates were also below league average, which suggests to me that there were several instances where the opportunity for McLennan to impress would have been available. He just... never did.
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Bottom five in GAA in 1994-95; worst Sv% in 1994-95; bottom five in Sv % in 1998-99 and 2002-03.
Career v. Average: .898 on 6,036 shots compared to .904 expected.
Here's how McLennan compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games: