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5. Jean-Sebastian Giguere

5. Jean-Sebastian Giguere

Jean-Sebastian Giguere was a First Rounder by the Hartford Whalers in 1995, and he played there briefly before he was traded to Calgary.  Giguere did not accomplish much as a Flame, so most people likely didn't think much of it when he was shipped off to the Mighty Ducks.  The hockey world would notice him soon after!

Giguere worked his way to become Guy Hebert’s backup, and he was their starter in the 2001-02 Season.  The year after, the Mighty Ducks shocked the hockey world when they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals as a seven seed, and the fact they got there was attributed to Giguere’s play.  They met the New Jersey Devils, who beat them in seven. In the 2003 Playoffs, Giguere went undefeated in overtime games (7) and had a 1.62 GAA and .945 Save Percentage. The Ducks lost, but Giguere was so good that he won the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP.  He also won the ESPY as the year’s best hockey player.

Giguere remained Anaheim’s starter for the next few seasons, finishing in the top ten in Veniza trophy four times overall.  With a far more balanced team, Giguere and the Ducks returned to the Stanley Cup, this time Anaheim on the winning side of the ledger.  

Giguere left the Ducks when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010.  With the Ducks, Giguere had a record of 206-163-59 and a 2.47 GAA.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Goalie
  • Acquired: Traded from the Calgary Flames for Anaheim’s 2000 2nd Record Pick (which was later traded to Washington and would be Matt Pettinger 6/10/00.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake 1/31/10.

  • Games Played: 447
  • Notable Statistics:

    206 Wins
    163 Losses
    59 Ties 
    32 Shutouts
    2.47 GAA 
    .914 Save Percentage 
    85.2 Goalie Point Shares
    33-17 Record, 2.08 GAA in 52 Games

  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Stanley Cup Champion (2007)
    All-Star (2009)
    Conn Smythe Trophy (2003)

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