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07-24-2011, 07:21 AM
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for every thomas/miller (and it took thomas YEARS after college...in other leagues... to reach the nhl) - there's 20-30 goalies that look good in college and can't hack it in the pros.
The NCAA is better competition than major junior, and more nhl goalies come out of major junior. It has nothing to do with the competition, its just that major junior has always been where every amateur player wants to go, especially from canada, its a feeder system to the nhl. It has a reputation, a mystique. So of course more bonafide nhl talent is going to choose major junior over college. The NCAA has only begun to compete with that over the last decade, you are now seeing more nhl talent coming out of college in recent years. I don't think its a coincidence that that has also coincided with the rise of u.s. hockey. We've won the last three U-18s and you are now seeing players drafted out of almost every state you can name.
But make no mistake, ncaa hockey is better competition than junior. When you are playing against 23-24 year olds that is going to give you better competition than playing against teenagers. You can't have a bias against Brittain because he's in college. Clearly if he were playing in junior he'd be successful as well. The only thing with college goalies is that most of them aren't potential nhl talent. Clearly Brittain does not fall into that category.
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