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Bob

I know that Bob had a great first half to last season and that he slumped mightilly after that. I also know that he's had an entire off season to work on his conditioning and to get ready for the long haul of an NHL full season. I also know that he had 56 appearances last year and is on pace for only 32 this year---hopefully keeping him fresh for longer. What else do I know? I know that Semyon Varlamov was traded from Washington to Colorado for a first and a second---and the first will most likely be a lottery pick. Why is this relevent? Because as good as Bob played last year, he's playing better this year. What does that mean for Bryz, Bob and the future of the Flyers?


The numbers:

Player GP W L O P% GAA ESS% SHS% SV%
Bob 10-11 54 28 13 8 0.65 2.59 0.923 0.868 0.915
Bob 11-12 16 9 3 1 0.73 2.45 0.927 0.904 0.918
Varlamov 10-11 27 11 9 5 0.54 2.23 0.93 0.892 0.924

Bob and Varlamov are both 23 from Russia and they are widley regarded as the 1 (Semyon) and 2 (Bob) goalies in their year. If Varlamov was traded for a first and second, where does that put Bob's value? Comparing last years Bob to last years Varlamov, Semyon was far and away the better goalie. Bob won more (P% was .11 better) but also gave up almost .4 goals more per game had a ESS% .07 less than Varlamov. Since then, Bob has bounced back and has started off better than expected. He's winning more (.08 P% increase---now .19 better than Varlamov of last year), giving up fewer goals (.14 G/g decrease, now just .22 worst than Varlamov's last season), increased his ESS% (By only .04, but he cut the .07 gap from Varlamov to Bob10-11 in half), greatly improved his PKS% (.36 increase from last year, .12 better than Varlamov's last season, and has seen his overall S% increase from .915 to .918.

This post is not attempting to say "trade Bob", it's asking the question of 'What is Bob's trade value." If Bob can keep up his solid play for the rest of the year, he's worth no less than an early 2nd pick. If he improves as the year goes on, his value could be even more. What would it cost to give up Bob?

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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