At first glance,when examining the AHL's top five goaltenders in 2010-11 as measured by goals-against average,one name doesn't seem to fit with the others in the group.
Atop the list is 108-game NHL veteran Curtis Sanford
of Hamilton. Then there's Milwaukee's Mark Dekanich
,a third-year pro who made his NHL debut earlier this year for Nashville; Braden Holtby
,a 2010 Calder Cup champion with Hershey who is currently in the NHL with Washington; Jake Allen
,a second-round draft pick and top rookie prospect of the St. Louis Blues
; and Martin Jones
,an undrafted 21-year-old coming off four seasons in the Western Hockey League.
If you picked Jones as the outlier,you're probably not alone. The rookie goaltender has seemingly flown under the radar for his entire hockey career to date,but the Los Angeles Kings
' prospect is now opening many sets of eyes with his play in the AHL though the first half of 2010-11.