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01-13-2014, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
The Lachness Monster was never good in his career prior to the NHL. Just because people watch predominantly the NHL with little to no knowledge of other leagues (which was particularly true in 1995) doesn't mean that games there don't matter.

The Bot showed tremendous improvement in his career. He was progressing so nice in the OPJHL that he was offered a scholarship to a top college hockey program by the end. He already committed to Alabama a year earlier and stuck to his plan. In Alabama, he started slowly as he adjusted to playing against superior opponents while his teammates sucked, but was a superstar by the end of his 4 years there. His stats (other than a .925%) didn't exactly reflect it, but it was only because he was playing behind a terrible team.

The same happened in the AHL. He started as a decent backup, but by last year, he was arguably the best goalie in the AHL. The Whale was the worst defensive team in the league, so he had to face a ton of fastbreaks and defensive breakdowns, not to mention playing about 30 games in a row, but he was just tremendous there.

The Lachness Monster was hot for a few games. Talbot has been great for a while now and he's shown huge improvement every single year since the lockout.

His last year in college he was 20-5-4 with a 1.98 GAA and 6 SO. Does the CCHA not count as a league outside of the NHL? I'm not saying this is what is going to happen with Talbot but it was a good example of why not to fall in love with a goalie after only a dozen or so good games.

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