Sunday, April 8, 2012

One-game Scouting Report for Peter Budaj

 Peter Budaj is the Montreal Canadiens back-up goalie. Budaj started 17 games for the Habs this season. Posting a 5-7 record, a 2.55 goals against average, and a solid .913 save percentage. Both his save percentage and goals against average this season were substantially higher than his career average.

This scouting report is from a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 6th, 2012.

Our scouting reports for goalies focus on their ability to make saves, make big saves, control rebounds, and maintain good balance. The results of these attributes are added together to produce the goaltender's rating. The highest possible rating is 4.00, while the lowest possible rating is 0.00. The higher the value the better a goalie has played.

The first number involved in the calculation is the percentage of saves a goalie makes without giving up a rebound. For example, if a goalie makes 10 saves and gives up only 1 rebound his "no rebound percentage" is .900. Again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.

The next number in the calculation is the percentage of safe rebounds a goalie gives up for each rebound allowed. Rebounds deflected outside of the main slot are considered safe. As such, a safe rebound is defined as a rebound outside of an imaginary line drawn from each goalpost to the corresponding board-side hash mark. As an example of this calculation, if a goalie gives up 10 rebounds and deflects 9 of those pucks outside the slot, his "safe rebound percentage" is .900. Again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.

The next number is the percentage of saves that would be considered "big saves". A big save is defined as any save made on a play that would be considered a traditional scoring chance. As an example of this calculation, if a goalie makes 5 big saves on 20 shots his "big save percentage" would be .250. Once again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.

We also track how a goalie controls the puck. We do this by tracking his successful or unsuccessful pass-attempts, as well as his successful or unsuccessful attempts to dump the puck out of his zone. The resulting numbers are used to produce a ratio of successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play.


PETER BUDAJ


SHORT HANDED GOALTENDING RATING

Budaj had an impressive short-handed goaltending rating of 2.27. Understandably, he was less insulated while short-handed, but seized the opportunity stopping all 5 shots he faced short-handed; producing a SH save % of 100% (1.000). He allowed 3 rebounds on those 5 saves for a no rebound percentage of 40% (.400). He also did a great job controlling the placement of his rebounds, as only 1 of those 3 rebounds landed in the slot.

One of his 5 saves came during an opposition scoring chance; giving him a big save percentage of 20% (.200).


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O REBOUND %
0.400
O REBOUND %
SAFE REBOUND %
0.667
SAFE REBOUND %
BIG SAVE%
0.200
BIG SAVE%
SAVE %
1.000
SAVE %

30

SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
1
SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
0
UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
PUCK PLAYS RATIO
N/A
PUCK PLAYS RATIO

30

GOALTENDER RATING
2.27
GOALTENDER RATING

30



OVERALL GOALTENDING RATING

Despite a high save percentage, Budaj's overall goaltending rating was hurt by the amount of dangerous rebounds he gave up at even-strength. He ended the game with an overall rating of 1.82.  He stopped 30 of 31 shots for an impressive save percentage of .968. He allowed 20 rebounds on those 30 saves for a no-rebound percentage of 33% (.333). Thirteen of his 20 rebounds landed in the slot, giving him a disappointing safe-rebound percentage of 35% (.350). For comparisons sake, Price's safe rebound percentage from a recent game was 65% (.652).

Five of Budaj's 20 saves came during opposition scoring chances. Giving him a big-save percentage of 17% (.167).

Budaj was successful with 6 of his 10 pass-attempts, for a puck-handling ratio of 1.5 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play. Overall this season, Budaj has been successful with 71% of his d-zone pass-attempts. Price has a d-zone passing-percentage of 78%. In terms of attempts to dump the puck out of the defensive-zone, Price has a success-rate of 56%, while Budaj's success-rate is only 13%.


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NO REBOUND %
0.333
NO REBOUND %
SAFE REBOUND %
0.350
SAFE REBOUND %
BIG SAVE%
0.167
BIG SAVE%
SAVE %
0.968
SAVE %

30

SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
6
SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
4
UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS
PUCK PLAYS RATIO
1.50
PUCK PLAYS RATIO

30

GOALTENDER RATING
1.82
GOALTENDER RATING

30


Keep in mind, this is only a one-game scouting report. As such, it is only meant to represent Budaj's play during this one-game.

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