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Old 04-24-2019, 08:15 AM
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You can't blame Stephen Dhillon, he is what he is.

Over his career with the IceDogs he ran around 3.00 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. These are facts, you can look them up and they are indelible. The IceDogs leadership group could do the same thing and come to the same conclusions. He is a good OHL goalie, overall you could put him in the top half or even the top third of all OHL goalies. He has never been an elite level goaltender, the stats do not bear that out. Yes, he has had runs where he performed at an elite level and stole a game or even a series, but he was just as likely to give up soft goals or make silly decisions playing the puck, getting out of position, losing his focus, dropping his glove hand early or taking an unnecessary penalty. This isn't picking on Stephen Dhillon, remember - he is a good goaltender, one of the better ones in the league - but he is not among the best.

The IceDogs knew this from the outset as did most objective critics. The organization had an option to replace him with a higher caliber goaltender and they decided not to. It was a conscious choice to keep Stephen Dhillon and add to the offensive side of the ice. Stephen Dhillon performed the way he usually performed, moments of brilliance followed by episodes of frustrating play. He held up his end of the bargain. At times he was better than expected at times he was lacking, but that's how he has always been.

So if you have doubts about goaltending in the playoffs this year, don't blame Stephen Dhillon, it is undeserved. He did his best, he did what he could and I am grateful that he tried as hard as he did. I do wish we had a different goalie, but that isn't his fault - at all.
This is a very inciteful analysis of the Ice Dogs "reality" They made the choice, hoping it would work, faced the eventuality & accepted the outcome. Really, you can't fault that "reality", even though it speaks volumes with 20-20 hindesite.
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