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05-19-2012, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Markstrom Rules View Post
Actually, Rask only spent two seasons in the AHL. Varlamov only really played one season in the AHL. Elite goalie prospects don't need to stay in the AHL until their mid-20's. Markstrom is every bit as good as they were when they started playing in the NHL full time, if not better.
I never said goalies can't succeed if they get called up at a young age. What I said is extra time developing as an AHLer/NHL backup can be very helpful. It doesn't matter if a prospect has elite status. This is the NHL and it'll be Dale Tallon who decides when he's ready for the big show.

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