Today New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made his return to the NHL, and got his first win of the 2011-2012 season helping his New York islanders to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers, while putting up a total of 29 saves. Evgeni Nabokov had quite the impressive career before not re signing with the San Jose Sharks, and it all started in 1999.
Evgeni Nabokov got his first shot in the NHL in 1999 when he played in a total of 11 games and went 2-2 on the season. After the 1999 season, Nabokov took took the dive into goaltending great ness, from 2000-2003 Evgeni Nabokov had a combined 119-92 and led the San Jose Sharks to the postseason quite a few times in that time span. The slow point of Evgeni Nabokov’s career happened between 2004-2006 when he went a combined 41-35 but take into account when I say slow, I mean slow for Evgeni Nabokov. From 2007-2010 Evgeni Nabokov went through some of the most impressive seasons in goaltending history, going a combined 131-49 which is just remarkable. Evgeni Nabokov is among the top goaltenders of all time, but how can he keep his hall of fame career going with the New York Islanders?
What can we see from Evgeni Nabokov this season? Well I think that he could be great for this young New York Islanders team, Evgeni Nabokov brings veteran presence to this New York Islanders team, I think that could be great for a player like Al Montoya fellow New York Islanders goaltender who is just reaching the prime of his young career. Al Montoya should take advantage of the chance he has to learn from Veteran Evgeni Nabokov, who has pretty much seen it all in the NHL. It is not often that a player like Al Montoya has a chance to learn from a hall of fame goaltender and this may be a big impact on Al’s career. New York Islanders goaltender Rick Dipietro was supposed to be the back up to Al Montoya this season, but like most of his career it looks as if his season will cut short due to injury.
I think that Evgeni Nabokov could play a big role in the New York Islanders possibly sneaking into the postseason, maybe it will not be Al Montoya who leads the New York Islanders into the postseason, could it be Evgeni Nabokov? I look forward to watching Evgeni Nabokov this season, even though he is not playing with the Florida Panthers, Nabokov is still a fun goaltender to watch play, he has been over his entire career and I do not think that will change anytime soon.
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