Should have seen this coming. A chance to tap our Florida and Byrnas pipelines at the same time?
VERY happy with this move. IMO Lack has been outplaying Lu. Markstrom is still a top goalie prospect - he's still young and lots of goalies have floundered early before finding success on better teams. Melanson and an established defensive corps will be good for Markstrom.
Markstrom is tall and athletic. He has trouble with rebound control at times. FL did no favors for him vis a vis his development by not assigning him a goaltending coach and placing garbage teams in front of him for much of his NHL time. Two years ago he stole games for us. This year he lost games for us. But he has rebuilt his confidence in the AHL this year.
Vancouver has good success with developing young goaltenders. I hope he does amazing for you guys.
I thought one of the reasons why the Panthers weren't all that keen on trading for Luongo for the past couple of years was Markstrom. I admit I haven't seen, only heard things, but it makes me paranoid when all of a sudden we get this player who used to be a top prospect for a player who was untradeable. Clearly, the Panthers organization didn't have much faith in Markstrom....maybe they don't like his mental make up or attitude I don't know.
He seems like a project, but I don't hold out much hope for him turning into anything.