DMaximus 1,043 Posted August 24, 2020 Share Posted August 24, 2020 There was a recent discussion around the merits of the case for Philadelphia Reaper goalie John Poremba to be named VHLM MVP this season. There were some counter points made by detractors. I’d like to make the case for him winning the Mitch Higgins Trophy (League MVP) and the Benoit Devereux Trophy (Best Goalie). We’ll get the Benoit Devereux out of the way, because that’s about as straightforward as it gets. Poremba won the Devereux last season with a .904 SV%. Really impressive. Poremba will finish this season with a .921 SV% and that is while facing over 1,000 more shots than last season! A .921 SV% is the highest SV% since season 50 when Apollo Skye had a .927 SV%. Skye faced over 1,350 fewer shots than Poremba, a stat which makes Poremba’s all the more impressive. Compared to his peers this season, Poremba’s closest competitors have a .896 SV%. He’s faced almost 500 more shots than any other goalie and over 1,000 shots more than either of the goalies with a .896 SV%. He’s been so much more dominant than any other goalie for the entire season and has improved his performance from his award-winning standard set last season. He should easily win the Devereux again this season. Reason 1: Statistical Superiority Poremba’s consistency in the face of so many shots is unprecedented in the history of the league. That is why he deserves the MVP award as well. No goalie in the history of the VHLM has ever performed as well under these circumstances. Here’s his stats for the season. Season GP W L OTL SV% GAA SO GA SA MP 73 (PHI) 68 25 42 1 0.921 3.21 7 219 2770 4097 Poremba faced 2,770 shots this season. Here’s the stats from all goalies who have faced over 2,750 shots in a season sorted most recent first. Name Season GP W L OTL SV% GAA SO GA SA MP John Poremba 73 (PHI) 68 25 42 1 0.921 3.21 7 219 2770 4097 Calvin Harvey 72 (SDM) 72 10 60 2 0.889 4.45 3 321 2890 4329 Jean Pierre Camus 72 (YUK) 72 21 47 4 0.906 3.69 3 267 2847 4346 Hex Valentine 70 (HFX) 72 20 50 2 0.876 4.83 0 344 2769 4275 Devin Fox 58 (SSK) 72 4 64 3 0.88 7.2 0 491 4104 4094 Emil Woods 58 (OSL) 72 40 30 2 0.89 4.83 1 345 3133 4287 Revan Gotze 53 (BER) 72 8 58 6 0.89 4.74 1 332 3019 4205 Our Lady of Perpetual Motion 53 (BRT) 72 9 62 1 0.912 3.68 1 263 3001 4288 Chris Fekete 46 (YUK) 72 10 55 7 0.886 4.47 0 321 2826 4310 Poremba leads everyone in that list in SV%, GAA, and shutouts. This evidence dispels the notion that Poremba’s statistics are artificially inflated because of the number of shots he faced. In fact, it shows how amazing his stats are despite the number of shots faced. It shows that his performance this season is unrivaled by a goalie in the history of the VHLM. This historic performance should be rewarded with the MVP trophy. Reason 2: Value to team Last season, season 72, Philadelphia Reaper management made a decision to go “all-in” to win the Founder’s Cup. They mortgaged much of their future as part of the all-in move. This meant they had almost no picks in the season 73 draft (their first selection was in round 5) and almost no remaining players on their roster. For the majority of the season. Philadelphia had 3 active players on their roster, Poremba, 5th round pick Darius Marimoto, and early waiver pickup Carson Walkers. Poremba had no supporting cast. It was all him all the time. He took the weight of that role and excelled in it. Thanks to his efforts, Philadelphia made the playoffs this season. Without Pormeba in between the pipes, there is no way Philadelphia would have made the playoffs. He carried the team on his back into the playoffs. That is a performance worthy of winning the MVP award. There are a lot of factors and a lot of reasons to name someone MVP. To me, Statistical performance and value to team are the two most important factors. Poremba has demonstrated his excellence in both of these categories. That is why he should win both Mitch Higgins Trophy (League MVP) and the Benoit Devereux Trophy (Best Goalie). Mr_Hatter 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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