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01-21-2013, 02:23 PM
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Excellent Question.

Originally Posted by Hawkey Town 18 View Post
Is there any organization or training school that is attempting to buck the trend here and sacrifice early success for a better final product?
Excellent Question.NHL, this gradually disappeared in the nineties with the first lock-out. GMs are pressured to win now while agents pressure to promote now.

There are loose collectives of training goalies in certain areas - Ottawa District, Ron Tugnutt hass advanced things. While the greater Montreal area has a loose collective that dates back to the Jacques Plante era, thru various minor pros, coaches, schools that introduced Francois Allaire, followed by Martin Brodeur and continuing with the likes of Corey Crawford and Jonathan Bernier.

Finland is doing interesting things as is Sweden. Russia is making progress. Point with the Europeans is that they produce high skilled ground floor - primary skill goalies - mobility, positioning that are very weak at adaptability, puckhandling, quarterbacking the defensive zone.

Don't know if you saw the WJC recently but the European primary goalie skills were great but the other skills were very weak. Creating countless pointless defensive zone faceoffs, missing transition chances, etc.

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