You are comparing different eras. The average save percentage was much lower during the period you're referencing. GAA is a horsesh!t stat for goalies and should only be used as a team statistic. Would Schneider have been elite in the 90s and early 00s? Hell yeah he'd be. Steve Bernier would also have been an elite forward in the 80s, Marty would've been legendary in the 70s...you can't take players out of their context and comparing them vs other generations and eras.
Marty's greatness is his durability, being perfect for the Devils and being above average for such a long period.
Of course it is a horse sh!t statistic, but the Devils have had such great team defense for Marty's entire career playing behind so many great defensemen and defensive-minded coaches, I thought it was relevant enough. It's a team-stat and the team was a lot better throughout Brodeur's career than it is today, no? Not like lead-wide scoring has changed much since 1998. These aren't really different eras besides 05-07 where there was so many power plays each night that led to the only real spike in scoring. I guess I'd have to see the even strength save percentage's to compare. But late 90s and early to mid 2000s isn't a whole lot different. If ther eis adjusted save percentage it be interesting to see it.
Save Percentage - 20041.Dwayne Roloson-MIN.933 Miikka Kiprusoff-CGY.9333.Roberto Luongo-FLA.930 4.Vesa Toskala-SJS.930 5.Andrew Raycroft-BOS.926 6.David Aebischer-COL.924 7.Evgeni Nabokov-SJS.921 8.Manny Legace-DET.919 9.Jose Theodore-MTL.919 10.Martin Gerber-MDA.918 11.Jussi Markkanen-2TM.918 12.Marc Denis-CBJ.918 13.Ed Belfour*-TOR.918 14.Martin Prusek-OTT.917 15.Martin Brodeur-NJD.916 16.Robert Esche-PHI.915 17.Manny Fernandez-MIN.915 18.Dan Cloutier-VAN.914 19.Jean-Sebastien Giguere-MDA.914 20.Martin Biron-BUF.913
Save Percentage - 2014 1.Josh Harding-MIN.933 2.Tuukka Rask-BOS.930 3.Ben Scrivens-2TM.929 4.Anton Khudobin-CAR.927 5.Ben Bishop-TBL.926 6.Semyon Varlamov-COL.925 7.Jonathan Bernier-TOR.925 8.Carey Price-MTL.924 9.Ryan Miller-2TM.922 10.Darcy Kuemper-MIN.922 11.Brian Elliott-STL.921 12.Al Montoya-WPG.921 13.Jaroslav Halak-2TM.920 14.Sergei Bobrovsky-CBJ.919 15.Corey Crawford-CHI.919 16.Jonathan Quick-LAK.918 17.Henrik Lundqvist-NYR.918 18.Roberto Luongo-2TM.917 19.Kari Lehtonen-DAL.917 20.Steve Mason-PHI.916
My point still stands that Schneider this year has not been much better or worse than Brodeur 10-15 years ago.
Edited by devilsrule33, 25 March 2014 - 10:05 AM.