A statistic proves that Samuel Montembeault can become a number one goalie in the NHL.

BY MARCO    MARCH 22, 2023  (1:09 PM)
One of the most important files to manage for the Montreal Canadiens is undoubtedly the goaltenders.

Most experts agree that the organization does not have a true goaltender of the future, neither in its roster nor in its prospects.

However, the sudden emergence of Samuel Montembeault comes at the right time for the Tricolore.

The 26-year-old Quebec goaltender is slowly taking his place as the starting goaltender in the eyes of head coach Martin St-Louis, to the point where he is now playing more than the veteran Jake Allen, even though Allen is healthy.


While there are still some areas to fine-tune in Monty's game, there is one incredible statistic that proves he can actually become a number one goalie, in the NHL.

As The Athletic's Arpon Basu points out, after last night's smoking game, Montembeault is 7th in the league in stolen goals in 33 games this season with 16 total.

Who's ahead of him in this ranking? A certain Andrei Vasilevskiy who is considered the best goalie in the world. He has stolen 19.69 goals in 54 games, according to the statistics.

This means that the number 35 of the CH has only three stolen goals difference with his counterpart of the Lightning, but in 21 games played less.


For those who are not familiar with this statistic, this total is a cumulative one. This means that if Montembeault gets a goal that he should have stopped, his total goes down, and if he saves a goal that he should have saved, his total goes up.

So it's really impressive that he managed to save 16 goals in only 33 games played. That's almost a sure goal saved every two games.

If he continues his progression, he could really become the Habs' number one goalie for many seasons to come.
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