Marc-Andre Fleury's trade value
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03-07-2005, 11:05 AM
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Goalies typically shouldn't play in the NHL until they are 20, but there are goalies who have the potential to play before like tom barrasso, roy, and so forth. They are rare but they are present. I'm sure lehtonen, fleury, and dipietro were all CAPABLE of playing in the NHL before 20, albeit not neccesarily well or consistently, that much is up to argument. Thrashers office actually thought about making lehtonen their starter his draft year, but decided against it, which was a smart desicion. Pens only had a stable of young goalies, so it was pretty much "which goalies do we want to throw into hell and hoep they coem back". They ended up throwing them all in.
The reason goalies are drafted so high is because they are the most important position on the team. Fleury and Lehtonen are quite possibly the 2 best goalie prospects ever. Lehtonen is the best i've EVER seen and fleury is a close second. Yet goalies take time to develop, should them needing time to develop prevent them from being taken high? NO.
Just to note, Maffy would have almost definately stayed with the Pens absent a clause in his contract that significantly (by Millions) bumped his pay if he played in 25 games or more. I am not positive that it would have been a great move for him development wise, and bumping him up and down certainly was not great for him as far as developing goes, but I have my doubts that he would have been sent down absent that clause in his contract.
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