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06-29-2011, 11:38 AM
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In regards to Cowen over Lehner, one has to remember the unpredictability of goaltending and particularly goaltending prospects. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have a big mobile defenseman in Cowen who is easy to project as a regular NHLer. His combination of size and skating make him unique and he's likely going to be a big minute D down the road.
I'd say when comparing them, you can say that Lehner has the greater upside as a top 10 goaltender while Cowen is more likely to become a great #2 shutdown D. The difference in their value lies in the likelihood of them realizing their potential and their downside IMO. I would not trade Cowen straight up for Lehner, and I'd bet that most people feel that way. Cowen is just more valuable as an NHL ready Dman at this point.
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