2012/2013 Abbotsford Heat Thread
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01-12-2013, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by
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Brodie has disappointing AHL numbers? That's news to me. He's the third leading scorer.
Not his current numbers, but his stat line just prior to him being called up permanently last season. The talk here at that time was his performance in the AHL didn't warrant a call up to the NHL. Thankfully, Feaster wasn't as short-sighted.
You can't evaluate goalies on how they played last year, you have to evaluate them on how they are playing now. (World Jrs. anyone?) And Irving doesn't deserve to be in the NHL right now. It's looking more and more apparent that Karlsson will be the backup out of camp this year, as much as we would like Irving to succeed he's got to make it happen, we can't wish it for him.
I'm not going to put much stock in his once a month starts in the AHL. All that matters is how he looks in the NHL.
Remember Irving was also playing poorly in Heat camp and practises earlier this year. And he lost out his starting job when he returned to the Heat last year. When you look at it, Irving hasn't been in form for almost a year now.
A year ago, Irving was made the Flames backup, after Karlsson went down with an injury. About nine and a half months ago, he was being called up from the AHL for each NHL game, since Feaster and co. believed him to be the better backup, over Karlsson.
He's really only struggled since going back to the AHL this season after being relegated as the 3rd stringer, before even playing a game.
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