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12-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke49 View Post
Quit looking at his numbers and stats. This is where you are failing. You have to have watched him over the last few years to see the improvement. He used to be awful at over committing. Not nearly the problem it was 2-3 years ago. He was one of the worst in shootouts. He's improved dramatically in that area. He's still not where he needs to be but he's getting there. This was the first year where he was the undisputed #1 guy. He was relied on a lot more then ever before. His previous two seasons he split time and has had his starts increase each year.
Pavs has made strides each year. He will be fine. Just have a tad bit of patience instead of having unrealistic expectations.
I think people may have taken "promising young goalie" and projected "top starter in the NHL" on him.

Pavelec had flashes of brilliance last year. He also had stretches where he looked easy to beat. There were times when he was obviously tired as well and i fault the coaches for not playing Mason more and letting Pavs recover.

He still has the potential to be a top tier NHL goalie. He is still young and relatively inexperienced, he isn't there yet. That doesn't mean he won't get there.

People should stop expecting young players to be consistently great. Only a precious few break into the NHL like that. The rest have to learn, grow and mature. We are seeing that with Bogosian, and Pavelec and Burmistrov are just getting there a bit more slowly.

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