8 Days Out: Holtbeast or Holtbust?


Braden Holtby has faced just 1647 shots in his regular-season career. That’s not a lot. In his Vezina-winning season alone, Jim Carey saw nearly as many (1631). Carey, quite famously, flamed out of the league soon after that award-winning season, so what I mean to say is this: we don’t really know how good Holtby is yet.

I’d like to think he’s pretty good. He hasn’t dipped under a .920 save percentage in any regular season. Facing 664 shots in the last two postseasons, Holtby put up a .931 save percentage. His 2012 playoff performance was one of the twenty best ever. That’s baller, but it’s probably unwise to think that’s where he’ll remain.

Braden Holtby is going to get oodles of starts in 2013-14, and he’s gonna face a Saskatchewanian tonne of pucks. Maybe he’s the G.O.A.T. and maybe he’s the next Jim Carey– but after this season, we’re gonna have a much better idea of who beastly Braden Holtby is.

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  • Mash

    The answer can be found in your t-shirt section.

  • JenniferH

    HOLTBEAST! I firmly believe that he will be remembered as one of the greats. Uh huh. And nope I’m not biased at all.

  • thecriz76

    Beast! I think this kid is the real deal!

  • dylan wheatley

    i’m going for the surprise mid-career sex change. holtbreast