By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Today we wrap up our year-end grades by analyzing the goalies. We were divided on both Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser, so they get split grades.
Kieran Millan: B+/A-
Millan had a great season for the most part and was the unquestionable MVP of the Terriers. He ranked fourth among Hockey East goalies in both save percentage (.919) and goals-against average (2.68). In league games only, he jumps to second in save percentage with a .932 mark. Millan was also tested more than any other Hockey East netminder. Despite the fact that four goalies played more minutes than Millan, he had to make the most saves.
Millan frequently kept BU in games and even stole a few wins and ties, especially early in the season when the Terriers climbed to a No. 1 national ranking despite not actually playing all that well. Millan improved every aspect of his game from last season, when he ended up with an .891 save percentage and 3.15 GAA.
The reason Millan only gets a B+/A- instead of an A, though, is because he had a few too many off games. The losses to Brown on Jan. 1 (6 goals on 24 shots) and Harvard on Feb. 14 (5 goals on 29 shots) stand out as particularly rotten performances. Not only did he give up a lot of goals in those games, but he gave up a lot of bad goals — shots you just don’t expect to see him (or any other college goalie) let in. The tie against Brown in November, the two losses to BC in December and a couple of the season-ending losses to Northeastern also stick out as subpar efforts.
One of the biggest problems with Millan continues to be that when games get off to a bad start, it’s tough for him to regroup and get it together. It’s not unusual to see him respond to a soft goal by hanging his head or displaying poor body language, and it’s not unusual to see him look shaky afterwards and sometimes even allow another weak goal. Millan also still struggled with rebound control and high shots at times, although he definitely improved over last year in those areas.
Ultimately, though, Millan had a very good season even with those bad games taken into account. He deserved his spot on the Hockey East Second Team and he’ll be the preseason favorite to make the First Team next season if he returns for his senior year — something that is still up in the air as of now.
Grant Rollheiser: C-/C
Rollheiser was very good in his first three games of the season, going 3-0-0 with a .931 save percentage and 2.33 GAA. Then he replaced Millan after one period in the Dec. 3 game against BC and gave up six goals on 24 shots. He started the game at RPI the next weekend and got pulled after giving up three goals on 13 shots. Rollheiser didn’t appear in another game the rest of the season, which certainly says something given the fact that Millan did have a couple bad games in the second semester.
Rollheiser’s playing time has gone down in each of the last two seasons and what was once a 1-1A goaltending situation is now clearly separated into a 1 and a 2, with Rollheiser being nothing more than a backup. He might have to be more than that next year, though, if Millan signs with the Avalanche.
Adam Kraus: Incomplete
Kraus played just five minutes this season and faced only two shots, so grading him is pretty much impossible. It’s worth noting, though, that by all accounts, the senior was a great teammate who never complained about his lack of playing time.