cdanew wrote:slaps wrote:Math wrote:Plante, Dryden, Worsley, Tretiak, Fuhr were considered absolutely dominant in their respective eras. I'm wondering how would they perform in today's game and at which point their role would be important in the team.
Fuhr's best save percentage in a season was .903%. That's abysmal. I realize goaltending wasn't a thing, but I don't think the older goalies would be anywhere near as dominant today.
I had this discussion with the boys the other night. I think if you took Ed Belfour (or Patrick Roy, etc.) and had them come up in today's game, learning the style of play today, that most of the "greats" would still be great. Maybe not so much from the 40s/50s, but I think the talented goalies from the 80s/90s could easily translate if they had learned today's style of play. The biggest challenge would be their size - a lot of those guys were 6' to 6'2". Ken Dryden was pretty big at 6'4", but he was an outlier.
For the skaters of the past, I'm pretty on board with the idea that having them fully formed today with the training, nutrition, and equipment would still see them being great players, but I'm not so sure what to do with goalies from the pre-butterfly era since that position is so different. It's a different kind of flexibility and thinking of how to play versus pure reflexes combined with bravery/stupidity. The skill set for what made a guy good at one type of goaltending isn't directly translatable to what makes a modern goalie good.