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05-04-2014, 12:37 PM
Gert B Frobe
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
Things can change over the summer, but Ron Hextall was pretty adamant that he isn't ready for the NHL. Everyone just got giant woodies because of how he played in the Frozen Four. He will start in the AHL, and will go from there. I think he'll eventually get called up during the season, but writing him in stone as a starting NHL player in October is ridiculous. If he stays with the Phantoms for the whole year, that's ok too. On the other side, if he dominates pre-season and makes the team out of camp, that's also ok as long as the team recognizes if/when it's the right thing to do to send him to the Phantoms.
Watching the frozen four - he plays a very passive game in his own zone. I think he has a very long way to go to be ready for the pounding and aggressive forecheck of the NHL and I think he will need a long stay in the AHL to get better defensively.

That said he will get called up half way through the season, improve steadily and become the next Paul Coffey.

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