Round of 32 (rd. 3): "Best NA Pro Prospect" - 9. Matt Hackett vs. 30. Eddie Lack
Round 3, down to 32..
QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum of 50 AHL + NHL games played (20 AHL + NHL games played for Gs); Maximum of 100 NHL games played (30 NHL games played for Gs); 26 years old or younger by 12/31/12; Signed to play in North America next season; Can't have played more than 50 NHL games in 11/12 NHL season, injured players exempt (ie. Mike Sauer, Jacob Josefson, etc.)
Hackett appears to be the latest unearthed gem from the Wild's developing goalie factory and has performed very well in limited NHL duty, along with having a Calder Cup title under his belt. As a high seed, Hackett's QoC so far has been relatively low. Lack is stuck behind the goaltending drama in Vancouver but figures to benefit if the Canucks don't acquire an another goaltender in any future Luongo deal. Lack edged out a close second round victory over Gabriel Bourque, likely based on his sparkling AHL numbers to date.
Can the NHL-experienced Hackett beat out the Canadian team prospect in Lack?...
Houston's D has always been atrocious, even when we had Yeo. Stats don't really mean much for goalies IMO, especially prospects.
Well, then it would seem very subjective as to whom is better. I see Lack as being bigger, putting up better umbers, and closer to being NHL ready as all points in his favour. I haven't seen much of Hackett, but what I've seen of Lack looks extremely promising to me.
Last edited by Vankiller Whale: 09-08-2012 at 12:30 AM.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.