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06-23-2014, 10:50 AM
Provolone & The Neck
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It is the typical tone you get:
"Outside of Mason, who has been a question mark at times, Philadelphia's best goalkeeping prospect is Anthony Stolarz. But there are doubts surrounding his future as well, and there is no other player capable of being an NHL goalkeeper in Philadelphia's system."
vs. Markstrom/Theodore in Florida's preview 2012:
"Goaltending provided the stability that the team desperately needed. Jose Theodore turned in a spectacular season, and Scott Clemmensen showed that he can still perform at a level necessary for a productive NHL backup. Jacob Markstrom will fight for a Florida roster spot this fall, though there is still a good chance he will start the season in the AHL for one last year of seasoning."
Did Theodore not have an up and down career? Markstrom was overhyped and picked 31 vs Stolarz arguably reached for a 45, but the goaltending is painted in a different light as always with the Flyers.
EDIT: Theodore had a .917 svp that year and retired the next. Mason had the same reg season svp and better playoff ones. Can you image if Theodore was the Flyers starter two years ago? It wouldn't be in the strengths section, it would be the butt end of some sarcastic comment.
Apples and oranges. Theodore is a 30-something guy that just put up three out of four seasons of .910 or better save percentage. Mason is a 20 something that did that his rookie year, a shortened year, and his most recent year...with everything in between being .901 or below. Moreover, they also had Markstrom, a guy that at the time was still supposed to be a top-flight goalie prospect, and Scott Clemmenson, who was putting up decent numbers as well. It wasn't a guy having his first good year since his rookie season, and another guy that is 3-4 years away and still uncertain what he is.
It is warranted to point out Mason's inconsistency, and it is also warranted to suggest drafting a goalie at some point during this draft.
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