2004-05 AHL All-Star Teams revealed
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04-11-2005, 02:49 PM
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There were other goalies who were worthy of the 2nd team spot (Niittymaki, Toivonen, Garon, Joey MacDonald, Cam Ward). Despite getting injured, Toivonen has still played in 52 games. Even if he didn't get injured, he probably wouldn't have played many more games.
Quite frankly, I'm tired of the love affair that THN and other publications have with Lehtonen. He's a very good goalie, but I think some of these honors are based more on reputation than on performance. I'm not saying he isn't a very good goalie who has a bright future ahead of him in the NHL (although I don't think he is a perennial NHL All-Star), but the goalies I previously mentioned have put up better numbers this season.
Personally, I think that Joey MacDonald (66 games
, 2.29 GAA, .926 save %age) playing for a mediocre Grand Rapids team should have been selected.
I agree, anyone of those five goalies listed would have been a better selection then Lehtonen. I know what you mean about THN and other publications having a love affair with Lehtonen and it gets pretty annoying.
BTW, I think Toivonen would have played 60 games give or take one had he not been injured.
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