Given the Wilds defensive system, i cant decide on how high to take Harding, i want him, but i dunno how much he'll play next year, i know Manny is expensive and Backstrom is a UFA...How much PT do you expect from him? Sorry if its been beat to death, Im a ducks fan in the middle of a draft so...
I was looking at rd 3 for Harding, as i dont intend on really competing next year, but the year after...
Even tho i dont plan on competing next season? building for 09
Also, can i get an idea of his upside, who he is most comparable to?
Anything is appreciated fellas.
I'm not big on comparing goalies as they're all so different. First, he's a southpaw and has a quick glove hand. Second and this is probably because his in the MN system, he's very sound positionally ... that's Bob Mason's influence. He's a butterfly, but so far I've not seen him drop to early giving away the top corners. Basically, he's just very solid all around.
I currently have him in a keeper league, and I plan on holding him over for next year. We have league of 12, each get to keep 12. I've really been up and down on this decision for a while. However, I think that Harding's upside is just too great. Injuries happen, and he will get his shot sooner or later - and based on everything we've seen from him, he's going to be a superstar. His potential is just too great for me to pass up. However, if this isn't a keeper league, I wouldn't even consider him next year until near the last rounds. -Z
Its a dynasty league, which is the reason i was even considering him early.
I'd grab him early then, esp if goaltending is hard to come by. I think he's the best goaltender the Wild have right now, the only knock against him is his age. What, he gets a shutout every other game or something when he starts?