NHL s Who Wore It Best? : Nos. 60-46 - NHL.com
|NHL.com 23 May 2020 at 05:38|
Wayne Gretzky s No. 99 is retired throughout the NHL not only because he is considered the greatest player in League history, but because the number and his name are synonymous.
Though there is no debate over who the best player to wear that number is, there are 98 other numbers with more than one worthy candidate. That is where the "NHL s Who Wore It Best?" comes in.
NHL.com writers and editors have cast their votes, each selecting his or her top three for each number, with the top vote-getter receiving three points, second place receiving two points and third place receiving one point.
Candidates will be debated, and the winners revealed, in a weekly, five-part series first airing on Sportsnet, NHL.com and League platforms each Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and re-airing each Tuesday on NBCSN (5 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (6:30 p.m. ET). NHL.com will provide the list of winners each Friday at 5:30 p.m ET following the premiere of each episode, beginning this week.
Today, we look at Nos. 60-46:
Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 1996-2006; Colorado Avalanche 2006-08; Washington Capitals 2008-10; Minnesota Wild 2010-11; Florida Panthers 2011-13
Career stats: 286-254-39 with 30 ties, 2.68 GAA, .909 save percentage in 648 games
Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)
The skinny: Theodore had four seasons with at least 30 wins, including in 2001-02, when he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL s top goalie and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. That season, he went 30-24 with 10 ties, and among goalies to play at least 25 games, he led the NHL with a .931 save percentage, was fourth with a 2.11 GAA, and tied for second with seven shutouts.
Fun fact: Theodore wore No. 37 in his NHL debut on Feb. 21, 1996, but wore No. 60 in every other game of his NHL career.
Others receiving votes: Markus Granlund , 31 (0-14-3); Jason Demers, 11 (0-1-9); Vladimir Sobotka, 5 (0-2-1); Mikael Backlund, 2 (0-1-0); Kevin Poulin, 2 (0-0-2); Mark Stone, 1 (0-0-1); Chris Driedger, 1 ( 0-0-1); Collin Delia, 1 (0-0-1)
Analysis: "Jose Theodore s best work for his five NHL teams was in 2001-02 with the Canadiens, winning the Hart and Vezina trophies while not just surviving, but thriving in the goaltending cauldron of Montreal." -- Dave Stubbs, NHL.com columnist