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01-30-2013, 03:50 PM
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Darth Joker
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With NHL starting goaltenders, there's basically four levels.

1st Level - Generational Elite Talent
2nd Level - Elite Talent
3rd Level - Solid No. 1 (Unspectacular)
4th Level - Weak No. 1, Barely Adequate if that.

Having an Elite Center (be him a generational talent or otherwise) is indeed more valuable than having an Elite "2nd Level" Goalie because yes, you'll totally luck in to one of those elite "2nd Level" Goalies from time-to-time. They also tend to come on the market at least once every three years or so whereas Elite Centers are basically only ever traded due to age or contract/cap reasons.

But a Generational Elite Talent in goal is something special. What differentiates them from the rest is year-to-year-to-year consistency (like Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur had). Some of those 2nd level goalies are late bloomers (like Thomas) or flame out early (like Theodore). If you have a guy like Price in your organization, and he's in his mid 20s, you know that you're totally set in goal for at least a decade. He's proven. He won't become a Theodore. He has that pedigree.

Price has the potential of being a Generational Elite Talent in net. And he's already a "2nd Level" guy who will likely never dip below it.

Having an elite goalie in net does give you an edge. It means you're more likely to accomplish playoff upsets, and also that you're less likely to suffer them when your team is on top. A lot of the big upsets in NHL playoff history was due to the underdog having the better netminder.

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