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11-19-2012, 05:00 PM
Join Date: Sep 2008
There is a big difference between people saying "average goalie" and "average starting goalie".
An average goalie is someone like Mike smith, he might have an on year, maybe an off year. He generally floats between starting and backup.
An average STARTING goalie is someone that will not be bumped out of the #1 slot. These are usually the guys that may or may not be competing for the Vezina.
Good example, except I also put Halak as an average goalie until I see a more full load result over an entire season consistently from him, same as Schneider.
Is Howard elite? Until he wins a Vezina I don't think he can be considered this. When I think elite I think Hasek, Brodeur, Lundqvist...guys perennially in the Vezina conversation and have good chances of going HoF.
That being said, I think Mzraek has the makings of being even better than Howard. We saw the WJC that he flashed the brilliance that not even Howard has. It will remain to be seen whether he evolve and be that goalie successor.
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