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10-29-2004, 07:58 AM
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RANGERDIEHARD
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Originally Posted by rnyquist
The biggest problem is that he hasn't proven a thing on North American ice. Until he does he'll never get respect because we've all seen how well the swedes develop goalie prospects, heck prospects alone. So until he shows it on NA ice he's nothing more than just a hot euro, one of many. Look at Tellqvist, great in Sweden, junk in NA and brutal in the World Cup. Thats what hurts him is he's easily the only decent Swedish goalie prospect, but with no NA action its hard to rate him.

Personally I think he's #1 in our goalie rankings, but there's a lot of valid reasons why he hasn't been given his due.
Remember we are comparing him to other prospects. To say that the problem is that he hasn't proven a thing on North American ice is not a good reason IMO. Most of these other prospects haven't proven a thing against professional men. I would rather have a prospect that has done well against professionals rather than a prospect that has done well against teenagers. Lundqvist is proving that he can stop shots from pros, and that's more important that him playing on an ice that is 15 feet narrower.

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