Elkin Home from Phoenix
Team success was hard to come by this season, however, Jon Elkin's Arizona Coyotes' goalies performed admirably. The Coyotes finished with the third worst record in the NHL. Mike Smith did the best he could to mitigate the losses. He posted an above league average save percentage of .914 despite facing the 2nd most shots against and the most high quality shots against in the league. Mike made the most 5 on 5 saves by an NHL goalie since 1997! He was also voted an NHL All Star and played in the All Star game in LA where he made a miracoulous shot to score a goal during the skills competition To view click here
Smith's season included a 58 save performance in a 3-2 OT loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He faced 40 or more shots 12 times this season posting a 7-2-3 record in those games.
As Smitty said, he did his best to stay focused and take care of his job: "The goal coming in from the summer was to play as consistent as possible, and I think for the majority of the season I was able to do that. I was real proud of the way I mentally handled the situation. It was a tough year, but I'm excited where my game is at and confident that I can do it again next year."
His backup, young Louis Domingue, fished the season going on a 6-1 run with a .945 save percentage.
The two young AHL goalies with the Tuscon Roadrunners made great strides. Marek Langhammer improved considerably in his 2nd pro season. The 22 year old Czech set a team record for most saves in a game with a 50 save 5-4 win on March 11.
His goalie partner was 20 year old rookie Adin Hill who played in the WHL last season. Hill finished with a respectable .906 save percentage.