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03-23-2013, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarkko Immonen View Post
The ice was tilted in Hershey's favor at times tonight, but I still liked the Whale's play. They turned it on the last half of the third period and were able to take that extra point. Huge win. They need to keep it up! Hope they can get a little scoring depth at the trade deadline or from incoming prospects.

It's amazing how much Mission improved since the start of the season. I remember someone called him a talentless blob and when I read that, I agreed with it. He was only slightly better than a 6-foot-8 220 pound cone. Sure, he covered a lot of the net, but he did nothing else. If the puck didn't hit his body, he wasn't going to stop it.

Then he improved enough to get called up to Hartford from the ECHL, but he functioned essentially as an emergency backup with Talbot forced to start 15-20 games in a row without relief. In January, he became a competent AHL backup. And now in March, he's been unbelievable.

You can see that he's really working on his mobility and rebounds because it gets better by the game. He's been the best player on either team the last 3-4 games in a row.

I've gone from thinking he'll never be more than an AHL backup to thinking he might be a legitimate NHL prospect.

In his last 7 starts (since Kenny G began to trust him), he gave up 10 goals on 215 shot, which is an incredible .953 SV%. For a kid who starting the season looking like he's nowhere near AHL-ready, that's incredible.

Without Mission's emergence, tonight's game would've been lost because either Talbot would've been dead-tired (it's not easy starting 20 games in a row while facing 35 shots every game) or we'd have an incompetent backup giving up goals right and left.

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