Luongo to Columbus
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07-30-2012, 02:04 PM
Join Date: May 2008
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You also leave out the Raycrofts and the Masons, who started early, and very promising, and then faltered due to rushed development. Every goalie is different, and while I don't think Markstrom is far away, a year or two more of development would help more then hinder. If Tallon thought it was 3-4 years off, he wouldn't have signed Clem or Theo to short term contracts.
Raycroft/Mason weren't highly touted. They never had particularly good AHL or OHL numbers. They were both just a flash in the pan. I'm talking about guys who were drafted with high potential and then improved and maintained a high potential up until when they started in the NHL.
Markstrom has already put up very good numbers in both the SEL and AHL. He's not comparable to two guys who had mediocre OHL/AHL numbers and then each had one good season in the NHL before crashing back down.
He's obviously not a guarantee. Nothing is. But at the moment he's widely considered one of the best, if not the best goalie prospect in all of hockey, and he's at the age where he's expected to jump full time to the NHL very soon. Not 3-4 years from now. Luongo makes no sense for Florida.
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