Saturday, May 1, 2010

The NYR Facts Of Life: #29 Chad Johnson

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. Going in number order, the first goalie we come across is #29, Chad Johnson.

#29's #s: 5 games, 1-2-1, 2.35 gaa, .919 save %.

Take the good: First action aside, Chad showed a poise that belied his lack of experience. He had four starts and gave the Rangers a chance to win all four. They couldn't beat the Moose in Atlanta to lose in a shootout, they were stymied by Chris Mason to lose 4-1 to the Blues and they came out flat against Phoenix, giving up three goals in the first period on the way to a 3-2 loss.

Take the bad: In that Phoenix game Chad allowed the first goal against and couldn't recover before allowing another 39 seconds later; rookie nerves or something. And that is what ultimately cost him - not the goals, just the fact that he was a rookie with little pro experience. Despite his calm demeanor, he was unable to gain any confidence from the coach and was bounced back to the minors when they were able to get a vet in. But, seeing as they wanted to ride Hank, that could ultimately be a good thing for Chad as they would rather have him start in Hartford than get splinters in his behind on Broadway.

Take them both and then we have: A goaltending prospect who got a taste of the show. Torts wants a vet to back up Hank so DosNueve's time is not near but it should come. He is no Al Montoya; he actually should get a shot with the franchise down the line. Detroit's Jimmy Howard was in the AHL for what, four seasons? And look at him now ...


icycup said...

hey, thanks. im enjoying the reviews so far. doesnt seem like a lot of other people out there on the interwebs are really doin it, so thanks.

Scotty Hockey said...

Hey, my pleasure. Figured it would be fun.

And FYI to all, Chad couldn't have been all bad, he's been given a pass to Germany to play with Team Canada - or to ride the bench, but either way it's a good experience for the puck stopping prospect.