Not gonna mention guys like Price, Rask, Schneider, Bernier, Pavelec etc. because I think they've already pretty well established themselves as NHL goaltenders. I've heard great things about Markstrom, Holtby looks like he's going to be awesome, and guys like Lack, Lehner and Hackett all look like they have very promising futures ahead of them.
As of right now it's Schneider AINEC. Schneider has proven that he has what it takes to be a very good goaltender in the NHL. Nothing against Hackett, but he has yet to prove anything in the NHL and probably won't get his chance until the 2013-2014 season. I'm guessing the Wild will be going with a Backstrom and Harding/FA signing tandem again this year. It seems management would like to get Hackett as much playing time as possible, and if he's backing up Backstrom, that's not going to happen.
There's a ton out there, many of whom have been listed already.
You also have to look at a guy like Varlamov in Colorado. He's been around so long but he still just only turned 24 two weeks ago. He showed this year that not only can he stay healthy, he can be a team's backbone for stretches of games.
Nobody tops Rask in my opinion, though. He's the head of the class when it comes to the next elite starters. He's a safer bet than Markstrom and has a team around him already. Next year could just be his if Boston trades Thomas at some point soon.
Hackett's also good, as are guys like Anders Nilsson, Richard Bachman, Jake Allen and Mark Dekanich.
Theres also this ''Max Pacioretty'' guy, don't know if you've heard from him. Oh and Louis Leblanc. Brendan Gallagher, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi are also coming up soon, all decent prospects. With the 3rd overall this year and four 2nd rounders in the next two drafts I think the Habs are going to have a good prospect pool for years to come.
The Habs have a decent core of good young players and an all-star goalie. I'm confident they can make the playoffs next year with a coach that won't be guaranteed to lose his job. All they need is a good off-season (a good signing or two and not even star players).
They are imho in a much better shape than the Leafs, who are year after year establishing themselves as a true bottom feeder at worse, playoff pretenders at very best. You would probably like the Habs to be in such a terrible posture as your team but I sincerely doubt it happens. Last season was an abberation.
No i actually would not like to hace the Habs position, all those prospects are marginal at best. Leafs are ranked 8th and montreal 24th in prospects so... And injuries are no excuse, only for a weak team maybe...whats gomez excuse? If its true what u say that they had a bad year because of injuries why did they fire the coach? Mtl just got a new gm and theyre trying hard to get the leafs director of player personnel...
First off, they had a bad year; the team is still built to be playoff competitive. Second, what's the reasoning for picking 2007? How does that make for a fact that their rebuilding? How many players have the Leafs drafted since 07 that have played for them?
You have a flawed and confusing argument here.
Yeah no kidding they had a bad year thats the point...??? The team is old and needs changing, had a couple nice playoff runs but thats it, barely any prospects coming in to make a difference and new gm to overhaul everything. Would u like me to go back further than 2007 cause that would not wrk in your favour