(1) Craig Billington v. (2) Andrew Raycroft

Harry How

Which goaltender was worse: Craig Billington or Andrew Raycroft?

There were plenty of upsets along the way, but with Craig Billington's narrow semi-final victory, both of the top two seeds have made it into today's final. It's obvious that, having made it this far, both goaltenders are very bad indeed, but there can be only one winner.

(2) Andrew Raycroft

Raycroft's post-Calder save percentage of .893 save percentage compared to a league average of .907 is one of two main reasons that he's made it this far. The other reason is a group of devoted voters who very much want to see Raycroft win this tournament; that's what happens when you're so very bad for a team like Toronto. If Raycroft cared one whit about this tournament, I imagine he'd react kind of like this to winning it:

Notable Seasons (min. 20 GP): Bottom five GAA in 2005-06; worst Sv % in 2005-06.

Career v. Average: .900 on 7,339 shots compared to .908 expected.

Here's how Raycroft compares to league average and to his teammates in every season he played at least 20 games:

Raycroft

(1) Craig Billington

Craig Billington gets my vote as the worst goaltender since the start of the 21-team NHL. In his two seasons as a starting goaltender, he posted save percentages of .859 and .867 (in the 90's!), which is just awful. His underperformance vis-a-vis average is the worst of any qualifying goaltender that I could find and the gap between Billington and his teammates is among the bottom three. He posted these results with one of the largest sample sizes in the tournament, which means that his poor results are also more likely to be an accurate reflection of his true ability. That he was selected to be an All-Star during the 1992-93 season is absolutely asinine. This tournament gives us a chance to right that wrong.

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:

Billington

The Bracket:

Bracket

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