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01-19-2013, 11:13 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Scrivens has played well at every level so far, as had Reimer before last year. But he's an undrafted guy, went to Cornell, then a bit in the ECHL then into the backup slot on the Marlie's and then into the starting position (although they've had a lot of goalies the last few years, so Scrivens has shared the net at periods.)
Thing is though, he's a fricking rookie without much intense, big-game experience, and now he's the starting goalie expected to carry Leafs nation into the playoffs. If there's a textbook on how to f up a goalie prospect, doing this is chapter one. Same thing they did to Reimer. Same way they threw their playoff hopes on Gustavsson's shoulders his second season in North America. That org is like a machine that grinds goalie prospects into dust as quickly as possible.
Scrivens might pan out, but really the odds of him turning out to be a top-tier starter in the NHL are pretty long. And putting him under that kind of pressure by making him the game one starter strikes me as just a stupid thing to do in terms of long-term development.
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