Here is how Howard ranks in some categories.
Wins: 30th with 13 wins......Top 19 goalies all have 20+ wins
Overtime Loses: 1st with 10 (yes 10! overtime loses, not good)
GAA: 40th (subtracted a few guys who played less than 10 games)
SV%: 40th (again subtracted the guys with less than 10 games)
So what we have is a goalie who is CURRENTLY 30th-40th in terms of numbers compared to other NHL Goalies and has the most overtime/SO loses (meaning he isn't very clutch when the time comes).
I stressed Currently because you can argue about what he did in the past or what he might do in the future, but RIGHT NOW he is not very good. and nowhere near ELITE, unless you consider being the 30th best goalie in the league elite!
Edit: And I understand that it's not 100% his fault, the rest of the team has some impact on these numbers, but that only gets you so far. I mean Ryan Miller was putting up better numbers in BUF and they have a really s***ty team.