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11-15-2012, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Hasek had years of international best on best competition supporting an argument that by 1986-87 he was an NHL goalie yet this was contrasted to his early 1990s performance in the IHL.

The goalies I listed were not carrying the burden of a claim that they should have been in the NHL earlier.
I'm not saying the weight assigned to Hasek's minor league experience was completely fair -- but it was part of the conversation. As far as I can tell so far, the project has a pretty consistent standard that minor/junior performance is part of the whole package, and especially so when the experience continues into the middle of the career.

TBH, I'm willing to hear an argument for ignoring lower levels, but it's kind of hard to understand why we would give a 25-year-old a pass for a mediocre senior league season and punish a 23-year-old for a mediocre NHL season. Seems reasonable to expect these guys to perform well at every level.

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