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03-25-2004, 10:07 PM
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One thing Lehtonen does well, and can improve on somewhat, is his puck handling. Hes no Martin Brodeur, but its nice to see someone with confiedence with out the rushing of his puckhandling. He takes his time, yet, sees the ice.

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It's time to test him against a playoff bound team! Maple Leasfs, then he'll get a test other than bottom-feeder teams!

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Originally Posted by Hockey Mojo
It's time to test him against a playoff bound team! Maple Leasfs, then he'll get a test other than bottom-feeder teams!
He'll get that test when he plays Tampa.

I think that the overall result of the game isn't the most important thing for Lehtonen. How he handles the traffic, the quicker and harder shots, the overall speed of an NHL game. Is his positioning solid, are his fundamentals holding up under heavier pressure or has he tried flopping everywhere to try and compensate, has he shown the ability to stay focused and calm? These and many other little bits of info about his play are the more important factors to gleam from his few appearences.

Whether it's a bottom feeder or one of the best in the league is fairly irrelevant. You can still get answers to all those little questions no matter the competition. I like the fact that he was given the starts against a couple of teams lower in the standings, gave him a better chance to start of well and get that confidence going. Now that he has it, we'll see how it works against Tampa (although unless their going for the President's trophy, the game might be kinda meaningless to them).

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Very few goalies can claim they have stopped Darcy Hordichuk on a breakaway, but that is more of a Darcy Hordichuk problem than anything else.

He has not been thrown to the wolves, yet. But I can't find a single thing wrong with the way the organization has brought him along thus far.

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