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New York Islanders Jaroslav Halak 2017-2018 Season Grade

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders goalie tandem was below average this year, including starting netminder Jaroslav Halak in 2017-2018.

There’s an old saying “which came first the chicken or the egg” with the New York Islanders it’s who’s fault was the goals against problem the goalies or the defense? It’s probably a mix of both, but today we’ll focus on the Islanders main goalie, Jaroslav Halak.

In what was supposed to be a goalie tandem with Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak, Halak ended up playing a large chunk of the games for the Islanders.

He started 54 games this year, which was the third most of his career. In those games, he was 20-26-6 with a .908 save percentage and a 3.19 goals against average. Those numbers are certainly not what you want from your starting goalie.

He had the 68th goals against average in the league and the 56th save percentage in the league this past year. Halak had the lowest quality start percentage of his career with a .449 QS%.

One of the more interesting goalie stats I like to look at is goals saved above average. He had a -7.93 GSAA which was also the lowest of his career and the 52nd in the entire league.

We can discuss all day long if it was the goalie’s fault or the defense fault for the team’s struggles. The fact of the matter is neither of the two positions were effective for the Islanders.

The difficult part for Halak is he’s a UFA this year coming off a poor season, arguably the worst of his career. At 32-years-old he likely won’t be back with the Islanders but what kind of contract will he get and will he get a starting job?

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For his play this year Jaroslav Halak gets a D he was the more effective of the two but he really struggled at points this year to be effective. The thing that holds him back from receiving a failing grade is the lack of defense in front of him, gets him the benefit of the doubt.

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