Fenxis, on 04 April 2013 - 07:08 AM, said:
There's no doubt that Bishop has put up significantly better numbers in Ottawa / Binghamton than the StLouis organization; so I guess the question is that a product of backstopping the Sens or is he grown into his body? tbh his save % / track record seems to be pretty comparable to a certain Edmonton goalie...
oth there's talk that Bishop has a pretty big 5-hole weakness that teams are starting to figure out...
Definitely a chance that he is growing into his body and that the numbers are legit. I just don't think that we have enough info on him yet to be valuing him at a good young forward and a pick. Now, I checked and Zach is right, COnacher is 23, so maybe I am overvaluing him a bit.
As for comparing to Devan, yeah, I think they are fairly comparable, numbers wise, though Bishops are a lot more sporadic. When you look at overall NHL and AHL numbers, I suspect they are pretty close, though Devan's progression has been a lot more linear. I think he posted .895/.905/.915 or so in his 3 AHL seasons, then .895/.915/.915/.920 so far in 4 NHL seasons, where as Bishop was .908/.895/.901/.928/.909/.928 in the AHL, (edit, hockeydb is confusing to read, looking at NHL.com, his progression seems a bit more linear) His NHL numbers jump all over the map but still only about a 40 game sample size in total.
A lot of rambling, but all I'm saying, is there isn't a statistically significant sample size to judge Bishop yet, and goalies are notoriously hard to predict, especially when switching organizations. I, personally wouldn't advocate spending assets on an unproven 26 year old goalie. I would have said the same thing about my brother 2 years ago. he was 24 then but had a similar NHL workload to Bishop now.