As rough as that full-time rookie season was, the following season was bright. All Beezer did in the 1985-86 season was lead the NHL in wins with 31, with a very respectable 3.32 GAA. Vanbiesbrouck would be a mainstay in net for the New York Rangers through the 1992-93 season. At that point, a young guy you might have heard of, Mike Richter, came along and stole the show, becoming the Rangers primary goaltender.
Beezer was traded to Vancouver by the Rangers, but never played there, as he was claimed by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 expansion draft. In just three seasons with the Panthers, Beezer took them to the Stanley Cup Championships. The Panthers would drop that Championship series to the Avalanche, however Johnny V would garner 12 wins, with a .932 save percentage and a miniscule 2.25 GAA in the playoff campaign.
For the remainder of his career, through the 2001-02 season spent with the Panthers, Islanders, Devils and Flyers - not in that order, Beezer never had a season with more than a 3.00 GAA. In fact, for his career, his GAA was 2.98. Some more career marks.........
- 374 career wins
- 22,176 career saves (5th all-time, as of this writing)
- 40 career shutouts
- 1985-86 Vezina Trophy winner
- .915 save percentage in the playoffs