I would wait more than one year before saying that we did the wrong choice...
Olivier Michaud was outstanding in the Q but he didn't had much sucess at the pro level... except that one good period
But if Riopel is still available after the draft, I would sign him.
Price and Halak or someone else (Garon, Nittymaki, Conklin etc.) would be in Montreal. Desjardins would be number one in Hamilton and Lacasse, Mayer and Riopel would fight for the backup spot. If Mayer or Riopel ends up 2nd goaltender in the ECHL, I think that they can go back to the Q as 20 years old if they need more playing time.
His numbers (which btw are very impressive) suggest he's getting better annually - certainly the Q's Goalie of the Year is worth a mid to late draft 09 pick to see if he's able to continue that development.
One poster above suggested his glove hand is an issue...anyone agree?
The glove didn't seem to be an issue in any of the games I've watched him in. Rio is a very good goalie as his numbers from this season show and I would love to see him in the Montreal organization.
Too late, unless there's a new owner and habs management is fired! (plainly fired) forget about it. They'll never admit they made a mistake regardless of the nationality of the player.
Big inflated heads.
Seems a bit rash to be calling it a mistake since both goalies aren't out of juniors yet. Granted it doesn't look very good right now since Mayer has struggled with his consistency (at least in the games I saw) but who's to say he won't be the better goalie prospect in time? I wouldn't take that bet but I don't see the harm in waiting to see how it works out.
Originally Posted by CanadienErrant
Do we need another goalie ?
If he is still available after the 5th round, why not, but ...
I am more mad at the Bruins getting Riendeau and the Avs getting that other guy from Shawinigan (McNicoll ?).
Yes and No. I don't think it would hurt to get another goalie prospect, but at the same time I don't think it's a major need outside the fact that none of our goalie prospects seem to have much upside. Desjardins seems to be the best of the bunch but I'd wait till he's at least had a full year or two as a starter in the AHL.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Habs draft Jean-Francois Berube, never saw him play but people I know that scout the Q have spoken highly of him as a possible steal due to his limited playing time this year.
As for Riendeau, I don't see the big deal. I like what I've seen from Masse. McNicol would have been a nice pickup as well, but so was Desharnais, Desjardins and Beauregard.
I haven't seen this guy play sounds like a free agent signing the Habs should give him an Amateur Tryout contract during the July 5th-9th Rookie development camp.Dell and Rawlings are really impressive college goalies at the June camp.