Thoughts on Leighton...
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08-28-2010, 09:53 AM
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My thoughts on Leighton?
If he can ride his confidence I think he'd be a solid backup choice. I would love to hope that this offseason would be enough for him to iron out the issues in his game and become legit, but the fact of the matter is that he is not fast or athletic enough to ever be good. The types of problems that exist in his game are not ones that can be coached away over a single season, and possibly not even a career. I don't think he's ever going to become great, and this myth that he's a young goalie blossoming into an NHL starter is garbage...he's almost 30. And when young goalies just need time and work, you can at least see that they have the right tools; Leighton really doesn't have what it takes to get any better, much less become a true starter. I'll be happy if he proves me wrong this year, but as a goalie and goalie coach looking at him as objectively as possible, I just don't see that he has the required tools to make the improvements that would be necessary.
He is at best a big body who can stop the first shot most of the time, assuming he is focused properly. However, he's not really legit and I'd rather have someone else competing with him for the top job.
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