Why does no one own Jean-Sebastien Giguere?

Why is this man only owned in 8.5 percent of ESPN leagues and 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues?

Need help with goaltending stats? Despite his track record and pedigree, Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere — who won his third straight Friday night, shutting out the Blackhawks 3-0 in Anaheim — is available in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues and a whopping 91.5 percent of ESPN games.

Grab him before your competition awakes from its collective Thanksgiving coma and starts reading box scores.

Alleged starting G Jonas Hiller has not played since Nov. 21. In the three games since then, Giguere has stopped 97 of 101 shots. Here’s how their season-long stats look as of Saturday afternoon:

Hiller: 7-8-1, .909,3.02, one shutout.

Giguere: 3-3-2, .918, 2.64, one shutout.

When you consider Giguere has made the last three starts for the surging Ducks, the decision to add him in all fantasy formats is a no-brainer. Even if you are stacked with goalies, Giguere has the sort of upside that’s worth dropping a No. 4 defensemen for — even if it means playing with three D-men for a week.

Yes, his awful 2008-09 campaign (19-18-6, .900, 3.10, two shutouts) left a mark. Yes, Hiller was indisputably the better player last year (23-15-1, .919, 2.39, four shutouts). But Giguere’s elite seasons are the stuff of fantasy championships. If your roster has a goalie who puts up the type of numbers that Giguere did in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2006-07 or 2007-08, your roster is a title contender. In those four seasons, Giguere’s lowest totals for GAA (2.30) and save percentage (.918) were still stellar.

Anaheim next plays Sunday night, hosting a Phoenix squad that’s hardly frightening anyone with its scoring abilities. It would be a great chance for Ducks coach Randy Carlyle to rotate Hiller back in; but if Giggy gets the home start on Tuesday night vs. the Kings — and he continues to excel — you can rest assured the job is his.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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