Andrew Raycroft made his way into the Finals with a hard-fought win over Alain Chevrier, and will represent the 2000's against the winner of today's 80's and 90's match-up on Monday. Both of today's contenders are very, very bad goaltenders, but which one makes it to the Finals is up to you!
(13) Jacques Cloutier
Jacques Cloutier has been a giant-killer in this tournament, first taking out Dan Cloutier, and then moving past Ty Conklin to earn his spot in the Final Four. That would seem to put him in a strong position to take out Andrew Raycroft who is a similarly "bad but maybe not so bad as these 80's failures" goaltender. He spent a good long time in the National Hockey League (at least one game in twelve different seasons), and unlike most of his colleagues in this tournament, he never once posted an above-average season. Of his seven 20-game seasons, all of them were below average and several of them were terrible. His opponent was an All-Star one year, from heaven's sake! Jacques Cloutier deserves a spot in the Finals.
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Worst GAA in 1987-88 and 1990-91; bottom five GAA in 1991-92; worst Sv % in 1987-88; bottom five Sv % in 1986-87.
Career v. Average: .874 on 6,171 shots compared to .881 expected.
Here's how Cloutier compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games:
(1) Craig Billington
Craig Billington was awful. In his two seasons as a starting goaltender, he posted save percentages of .859 and .867, which is terrible no matter the era. You might excuse him for it because he was playing for the early Ottawa Senators except that his back-ups outperformed him both times. How that wasn't the end of his tenure in the NHL, I don't really know. That the Senators were able to trade him for actual value after those two seasons is absolutely mind-boggling. Of course, that value was just an 8th-round pick, but still, value is value (except... the Senators selected a goon, Ray Schutlz, who went on to provide negative value for the Islanders in 45 NHL games). That was the third-last time Billington moved teams without signing a new contract, but the last time Billington was moved for anything more than future considerations. Craig Billington deserves a spot in the Finals.
Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Worst GAA in 1986-87, 1993-94; worst Sv % in 1986-87, 1993-94; bottom five Sv % in 1995-96.
Career v. Average: .877 on 8,388 shots compared to .895 expected.
Here's how Billington compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games: