St. Louis Blues: Was the 2023-2024 season Jordan Binnington’s best year?

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“And as good as Binnington was in the Cup run, going 24-5-1, then setting the record for rookie goalies by winning all 16 games in the playoffs, this, the 2023-24 season, may have been Binnington’s best yet,” argued Lou Korac.

I’ll never forget watching game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup finals with my 11-year-old son. I was amazed at Binnington’s performance in a hostile environment like Boston. My son, who was new to hockey at the time, said, “Wow, that goalie is really good.” Those comments pretty much summed up Binnington’s season.

So, is Korac correct? Did Binnington play even better this season compared to the championship year?

His numbers were impressive. He played in 57 games, with a record of 28-21-5 and a save percentage of .913.

In 2018-2019, Binnington played 32 games with a save percentage of .927.

Binnington, despite enduring criticism from the media and some fans (not many) alike, has shown remarkable resilience. He has proven to be a stable, reliable top goaltender, and at 31 this offseason, he still has a lot left in the tank.

Binnington has transitioned from a prized rookie to a seasoned veteran who understands what it takes to win. His journey is a testament to his growth and potential to be a difference-maker in crucial gameplay moments, as demonstrated in the championship season.

With all the changes the St. Louis Blues and GM Doug Armstrong have made over the years, fans might be legitimately nervous about Binnington’s future and tenure with the team. However, if 2023-2024 did anything, it showed the Blues have one of the best goalies in the league.

He showcases his humility by saying the right things and being committed to the team and city. Numbers don’t lie, but they don’t tell the whole story. Binnington arguably had his best season, and it centered on his leadership. The player has grown and is a role model for his teammates.