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11-12-2012, 12:38 PM
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Well the good news is that it bis a deep draft so we should still get a good prospect with our first rounder even if we draft middle to late in the round ..

HOWEVER- I still think that at some point we must take a chance to draft a premium top of the draft class type goalie ---despite the 'crowded" goalie scene some posters have described I am not that convinced that any of Simpson,Carruth, or even MATTSSON (if they sign him) or the kiddies WHITNEY and TOMKINS are any of them "A" grade goalie potential...

I would gues we either take a BIG D-man or with our 1 shot high in the draft (Only a first rounder--no 2nd or 3rds) we finally take the 1st or 2nd goalie to go in the draft..

I have seen the hyped ZACHARY FUCALE (albeit only a half a game against Russia in the Subway-Super series) --but both on his less than impressive save % in the Q this year (Despite a relatively low amount of shots faced) and on the athletic style he did show against Russia (not letting in a goal in his half a game but I saw lots of net by his being not very good technically covering the angles --looks more lke a reaction goalie than anticipation and square to shooters) --NOT IMPRESSED.

I have not watched SPENCER MARTIN yet for MISSISSAUGA--he willbe the #1 goalie out of theOHL --and could be the first overall taken...I will have to focus on him from this point on when I watch OHL ACTION PAK instead of watching so many LONDON KNIGHTS games...IS MARTIN the beneficiary of a solid MISSISSAUGA defence or is he the reason they are so good in the standings this year. I need to watch them to find out for sure and learn his technique to see if I like it or not..

Speaking of the LONDON KNIGHTS--I have like JAKE PATTERSON (6'1 191) even since last season when i saw him in a few games--and now he has been red hot in net in his last several games--making a STATEMENT to be the #1 starting goalie and taking that job from vet KEVIN BAILIE ...BAILIE has a .923 save% so not exactly stinking -but PATTERSON is coming on strong with "WALL" games and highway robbery saves --his save % is now up to
.920 (just 8GP) and last year he was .929 save% in a limited role of just 6GP -but it could be his time now to take the team on his shoulders -at the very least he should be splitting the workload with Bailie ..Against PATTERSON is that he is a '94 and somehow was bypassed last draft ...BUT I had wanted us to draft him -certainly over WHITNEY who--once again this year has failed to live up to his hype with only an .897 save % for Victoriaville in 17gP ( .896 last season in 36GP)--the kid is big but so far has not proven he can stop pucks...

In any case I LIKE PATTERSON and would be happy if we drafted him..

ANOTHER candidate I saw last night on t.v. is EAMON MCADAM --6'2 175 --(SEP 24,'94) -the goalie who backstopped TEAM USA to the WORLD JR. A CHallenge GOLD
--he let in 3 goals last night --but you could not fault him on 2 of them--one was a redirection of a point shot and another was a cross ie pass through the crease for a tap in goal -the puck moves faster than a goalie can get accross --and another was due to a Canada West D-man failing to check his man in the crease ...I can't see blaming him for any of those goals allowed --he was not beaten on a straight shot--he made several stops off break-aways and power rushes to the net and was good I thought on being square to shooters,angles,and net coverage. He;s got good technique..HE will probably be among the top 4 goalies taken and I think the top goalie from the USHL (he plays for the Waterloo Blackhawks and has a .960 save % this year--albeit only limited games so far (5GP)...but off my viewoing of him last night he bears watching the est of this season ...

IGOR USTINSKY looked good in beating the OHL in his one game so far for tEam Russia in the Sub-way Super Series--BUT he is only 5'10 and is a june '94 so I think that will rule him out as a first and probably a 2nd rounder too..

So I think we are looking at SPENCER MARTIN,JAKE PATTERSON and possibly EAMON MCADAM in the NA goalie cream of the crop ---as to eurogoalies I do not know
how Central Scouting will rank them-but it seems that it could be a bumper crop from goalie factory Finland (VILLE HUSSO ,KEVIN LANKINEN,JANNE JUVONEN,ATTE TOLVANEN) ---whether any are first rounder material I do not know -but it looks like a good crop from that country this year...toobad we do not have 2nd and 3rd rounders..

BEsides the smallish IGOR USTINSKY --RUSSIA has BIG 6'5 220 ANDREI FILONENKO --last year he had a .942 save% in 29 GP in the MHL as a 16 year old --this year as a 17 year old he is .911 for CSKA in MHL play (10GP) ...wonder where central Scouting will rank him? IF he gets their World U-18 net assignement and shines he could be a late season riser -but we'll see...

I suspect SPENCER MARTIN probably is the first goalie taken and probably off the board before we'd pick anyway (ASSUMING there is a season-if not --THEN like 2005 after the lock-out season-- the draft goes to a random all in lfor round one --like the Crosby draft was -IF THAT is the case and we get LUCKY with a top ten pick--we probably do not take a goalie despite he intriguing talent in net this crop)... BUT -if that is not the case, then I'd be very happy if we grabbed PATTERSON or perhaps a top eurogoalie or maybe MCADAM if he continues to progress and impress the rest of this season if we draft mid to late first round..

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