NHL: The best goalie from each franchise’s history (Updated 2023)

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Anaheim Ducks, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
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Best NHL goalie from each franchise: Anaheim Ducks – Jean-Sebastian Giguere

When it comes to the true definition of clutch goalies, many names come to mind, especially Jean-Sebastian Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks. Desperate to find some kind of stability at goaltender, the Ducks traded for Giguere and the rest was one of the greatest stories of the 00s.

Giguere worked his way through the farm system and eventually earned a starting role where he exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. It all came together in 2006 when he totaled the best year of his career by helping push the Ducks to be Stanley Cup champions for the first time and so far, the only time in franchise history.

During the regular season, Giguere totaled 36 wins, 4 shutouts, and had a save percentage of .918. During the postseason, he went off and played the absolute best hockey of his entire career. Straight to a championship, he totaled 13 wins, one shutout, and had a slightly higher save percentage than he did during the regular season at .922.

Throughout the process, Giguere would often have to share starting duties at goalie or deal with nagging injuries that undoubtedly motivated him to make the most out of his opportunities. Luckily for him and the franchise, everything fell into place when it mattered most in 2006 and he delivered.