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Jimmy Howard
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Jimmy Howard

Detroit Red Wings

Howard's climb to stardom has been slow and steady since Detroit took him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. Now in his third full NHL season, and second full campaign as the Red Wings' No. 1 netminder, the 2010 Calder finalist has gone from solid if unspectacular to an early 2011-12 Vezina Trophy favorite with his 22-8-1, 1.95 GAA, .927 save pct. start.

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