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04-01-2010, 01:27 PM
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JDM
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Mason is a bit different.

Mason had one good season and now is having a bad season. Quick has had half of a great season and a full very good season, so far Quick has proven more than Mason.

But yes, Mason is a #1 in my opinion. For now. Legit #1 doesn't mean "he will be a winning goaltender for the rest of his career." Players rise, they fall. Who knows what he'll be next year, but just as his season has been subpar, the team around him kind of sucks as well. See, this is where the differentiation comes between a legit #1 and an elite #1. Elite #1's are the goalies who bring that A, winning game, year in and year out over their careers. The rest, are journeymen #1's. They will generally be starting goaltenders, likely on several different teams, but they will never carry their team to the cup. The years to come won't tell us if Quick or Mason were legit #1's now, only if they are journeymen or elite.

But let me ask you a question. What of Nabakov?

He has proven a great starting goalie year in and year out, but has never done much of anything in the playoffs. Same goes for Kipprusoff. Where do you draw the line?

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