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06-08-2010, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by roddy View Post
They actually have five (Varlamov, Rask, Bernier, Markstrom, Gustavsson).

Three of them should not be considered prospects as they played full-time in the NHL last season - in fact, Rask and Gustavsson have not played outside the NHL since the 2008-09 season while Varlamov saw just three games in the AHL this year.

Hockeysfuture's definition of a prospect



There's more but basically they just add conditions that allow certain prospects (NCAA players, Europeans etc) more time to "graduate" before being considered "busts."

Anyway, Rask has played his 45 games and it is plainly obvious that Gustavsson and Varlamov will reach this milestone early next year.

So I would argue that Schneider is at present the third best goaltending prospect out there (and due to the prospect du jour nature of these rankings will likely drop once Campbell et al are drafted this year).

Anyway, what about Schneider's NHL starts this year has you troubled about his ability to play in this league?
I think HF is correct. Schneider slots in as the 6th ranked prospect and that is without considering Antii Niemi.

We may get a better indication of what Gillis may really think after July 1 and which goaltender(s) he may sign.

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