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12-05-2012, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
*Hockey is one of the most attended sports in many European countries outside of the traditional powerhouses (Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), but very few people actually play hockey themselves.
Not to mention the United States south of Michigan.

Bringing this back around to goalies, I think the Worters generation is the first where we can really see goaltenders becoming star players across the board. After the obvious Vezina, Benedict, Hainsworth crowd it's tough for me to see all-time greats in the earlier era's deeper tiers. Lehman is the bottom of the top-60 talent pool as far as I can see, with Winkler hovering out there around 80. On that basis it intuitively seems too early for Lehman, especially when you consider he had such a similar résumé to Worters, seeing as the latter had to do it against much steeper competition.

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