It's too bad the Leafs ruined what could have been an elite netminder by crushing his confidence.
Sorry but you can't blame the Leafs for Potvin's career...
If you look at his stats, they steadily rose each year of his career, with his best, obviously, coming as his first year.
Potvin's play was so solid that first year that the Maple Leafs shipped out a future Hall-of-Famer in Grant Fuhr to make room for him.
Problem was, Felix was a reflex goaltender who's positioning was a little suspect, particular his penchant for playing very deep in his net. That *could* have been overcome with some solid goaltending coaching to try and coax him out of his net more.... However, the other weakness in his game was his mental play - he could easily be thrown off by a bad goal (which, he was prone to) then not recover.
Once Felix Potvin has played his first full season, other teams "had a book on him." The book on Felix was he was too deep in his net, didn't challenge the shooter well and could be beaten from a little ways out due to the open net he always giving up.
Each year, his numbers creeped higher and higher because there were no adjustments made to his game, and his confidence got lower and lower which was a snowballing problem because of his iffy mental game.
I thought Kirk Mclean made some of the best saves I've ever seen, the guy was crazy acrobatic.
Has there really been a classic stand-up goalie since McLean?
I particularly remember one save he made in the overtime of game 7 against the Flames in 1994 - a mid-air pad-stack on a cross-ice one-timer. Think it was in the first OT. Maybe the best individual save in a pressure situation that I've ever seen (though JVB in the game 4 OT against the Avalanche in 1996 made a couple doozies, ultimately lost that game).
There's a few goalies with awesome styles that have been playing this year that I really enjoyed.
Kari Lethonen - Awesome flexability
Hannu Toivonen - Same here, He'll probably be their number 1 goalie at the end of the year
Marc-André Fleury - He's got Brodeur-esque movement but is much more of a butterfly goalie
Christobal Huet - Awesome lateral movement, the most calm goalie I've ever seen.
One goalie I really used to enjoy (but turned out to be a flop, no pun intended) is Trevor Kidd. I always loved his goalie gear (the flames on his gloves and pads when he played for the Flames, and the checkerboard pattern when he was with Carolina). When I played nets in Peewee, I always wanted to get the same he had.
He also made the flashiest glove saves, swinging his glove as fast as he could and falling on his behind.