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02-16-2013, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Haatley View Post
Irving was not good as a starter.
he was horrible in abbotsford as well. i saw one of his few starts where he allowed 5 goals against marlies.
i dont wanna give up just yet, but he is not nhl ready as of now. period.
I disagree with the idea that Irving is not NHL ready. Now, I will say he was horrible at the slower paced AHL, but he was the third stringer. He did not see much practice nor did he see many games. This equated to him letting in on average 3 goals on 8 shots and being pulled before the first period ended. But if Irving was not NHL ready, we would have been slaughtered during his third peruod start against the Red Wings.

Now, is he an elite goalie? No. Is he starter material? No. But keep in mind the small number of games he has played, the offensive talent he has faced, and the sketchy defensive play of the Flames while you evaluate him. Even Holtby from the Capitals, who was awesome in the AHL, struggling now.

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