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05-17-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Ryker View Post
Those European goalies do work their way up. Sending them to the ECHL is like them working their way up, getting kicked and trodden on, and then having them work their way up again, in contrast to NA goalies, who only have to go through the process once.
Which I'm sure is how Niko felt, but it was far from the case. I can safely assume that the Flyers wanted Hovinen to shine in the ECHL for a couple weeks, call him up and gift him the job in ADK, have him shine there, and then have Bryz's back-up for years to come. But Niko's attitude happened, then Wedgewood happened in Trenton, then Boucher/Leighton happened in ADK and knocked Heeter down to the ECHL and Niko out. If he played his tail off from the start, he could have potentially finished the year in Philly as a backup. He is a solid goalie.

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