No he is very deserving of his reputation as a choker. He performs TERRIBLE under pressure. He almost gave up the Gold Medal for Canada at the olympics and probably would have had Crosby not gotten that lucky bounce against Miller. They showed several close up shots of Luongo in that game and he was TERRIFIED in every single one of them. Same thing last year in game 7 against Chicago, he got bailed out again. And then finally he got exposed by Boston in the Cup Finals later in the playoffs.
I think you're either remembering wrong, or seeing what you wanted to see instead of what was there. Remember, the only reason Luongo was playing for Canada was because of how the US blew up Brodeur. He might have been terrified, but had the OT gone the other way, no one would have been blaming Luongo, nor should they have.
As for that Chicago game 7, Chicago had that game won until Luongo decided to step up and keep his team in it. Remember all the jokes in that series? "Chicago leads the series 2-3." Luongo single handedly bailed his team out a number of times when everyone expected him to look like Fleury from this year's playoffs.
He is a total headcase, if you can get to him, he'll give up 5 goals a period. But when he manages to stay even keeled, he's one of the better goalies in the league.
I would love to see a Di Pietro - Luongo deal, but doubt Vancouver would be willing to do that. Just think though, 4th overall + the human IR list for Bobby Lu. Just imagine Mike Milbury being forced to talk about that trade and watching him squirm.
Here's an interesting read from Wired.com that documents a study that was done that apparently shows that wearing black means you get penalized 10% more in the NHL. an average of two minutes more per game than teams wearing white (or other lighter colors):
I really like him too... But I don't think he'll ever develop into an elite player.
I do. I still think he's going to be considered the best player to come out of the 2011 draft when all is said and done. I just don't think he's going to be elite in the sense that he gets drafted early in fantasy drafts. I'm guessing he'll average Koivu-like numbers for his career, but still be one of the best in the game.
I'm not going to be getting on any Landeskog bandwagons until he shows he can keep his head up, and can make better decisions about hits along the boards. If he doesn't improve in both those categories, he's going to have a very short and painful career.