New York Islanders Best All-Decade Starting Lineup
Goalie | Thomas Greiss
Talk about a position with only a few options to chose from. For most NHL team’s they likely had a regular starter that was in the crease for most of the decade. The New York Islanders didn’t have that player.
It could have been Roberto Luongo who only had two sub-0.910SV% seasons for the period in question. It could have been Rick Di Pietro also. But Luongo was traded away in favor of Di Pietro. And we all know how things ended with Di Pietro.
But the honor goes to Thomas Greiss who was with the Islanders since the 2015-16 season.
In the four-season since the Islanders acquired Thomas Greiss through free agency, he’s played in 162 games. Since 2009, only Jaroslav Halak has played more games in the net (177) for the Islanders.
In those 162 games, Greiss has 85 wins, a 0.916SV%, a 2.69GAA, and ten shutouts. Halak might have more wins (88) but Greiss has a better win ratio (0.53). Greiss also has a better save percentage and equals Halak in terms of goals-against average.
And the last time I checked Thomas Greiss has never once complained about the Garth Snow three-headed monster situation. Greiss showed up every day and did his job, and did it well.
Not to mention that on the back of Thomas Greiss’s 2015-16 season where he averaged a 0.926SV% and 2.36GAA the Islanders probably don’t make the playoffs. And without Greiss’s 0.923SV% and 2.46GAA in the playoffs, they don’t win their first post-season series in 23 years.
You could argue that Jaroslav Halak was the team’s better goalie over the decade because he has move wins. Sure, but Greiss has a better win ratio and he’s either as good or better than Halak. If you argue for Halak you’d be wrong.
Honorable Mention: Jaroslav Halak, Evgeni Nabokov