I'll chime in with the "Lehtonen > Fleury" crowd, too...I've only seen him play at the WJC, and he was far superior there. Lehtonen also one the MVP in the SM-Liiga...I'll wait until Fleury performs well over the course of the season in a men's league before proclaiming him king.
And no, the game against the Islanders doesn't count. It's just one game. Hell, Mike Fountain made his NHL debut in a 42-save regular season shutout vs. New Jersey. His career sure went places, didn't it?
i think the whole thread is a riot. The kid has ONE pre season game and he lives up to the hype. Hillarious. He is going to need a full season of solid hockey at the next level to be on the same page as Lehtonen at this point in their careers. I think you would be better served comparing him to Rick Dipietro. Both taken tops and both way over hyped but both have the same potential to be great young goalies in a couple of years. Of course, both have the exact same potential to be busts but heck why even consider that. I mean, the guy does have a gaa of 1.00 after one whole game and everything, I say we scratch Roy's name off of all of his trophies and write Fluery's name in there today.
Lehtonen/Fluery/Dipietro, all of them have yet to do anything in the NHL so none of them have lived up to their hype yet. Until they get there these kind of threads serve on very good purpose, they are fun to laugh at.
Uh Oh, the dude gave up TWO goals in this one. His gaa just went up significantly. I bet he is a bust.
Just kidding, it's obvious the guy is the best goalie to ever play the game. He is living up to the hype for sure now. After two whole games and only giving up three goals he is better than all of the other goalies so far in the pre season.
I really hope they send him back. These preseason games are not indicitive of what he will face come mid-October. It's going to be ugly in Pittsburgh this season, and letting Fleury continue his development in the Q is still the best course of action.
That said, he is obviously impressive and has a long career ahead of him. I just hope the Pens take a look at what happened in the big apple in terms of stunting a goalies development.
I'm not sure what the best thing for him is.
It's really an individul thing.
There's no general rule.
Olzcyk was quoted as saying something like "he's pushing others, that's good, that's what he's here for", something around that which makes me think he's junior-bound.
But at the same time, stoning Thornton, Murray and Samsonov makes you think he has nothing to do in the Q.