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10-23-2007, 06:20 PM
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Is Huet A Legit #1 Goaltender?

This is steaming over from a thread in the "Trade Rumours" forum. I'm just wondering what more fans than some Habs, Kings, and a few others think of Cristobal Huet.

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* Drafted in 2001 (around 26 years old).
* Discovered late in the French/Swiss hockey leagues.
* Has posted a career .918 SV% and 2.45 GAA over 140ish games.
* Has posted a career .929 SV% and 2.33 GAA in 6 playoff games.
* Has posted a 1.96 GAA and .934 SV% so far this season in 6 games.
* Won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award for best SV% in the NHL the season before last.

So my question, if you didnt have Luongo, Lundqvist or Kiprusoff, would you be happy with Huet as you're #1?

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10-23-2007, 06:22 PM
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Yes...he is amazing, he just hasn't been able to play 50+ games in a season yet.

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Huet should be a #1 in the NHL but Price seems to be the longterm answer in Montreal. You think the Kings would like to have him back?

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No.
Well you have Luongo, so the question wasn't really aimed at you.

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Happy with him, possibly. There are better though.

Durability and long term is my issue with him and whether or not he can make the big save to get you into the playoffs or win a series.

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He's good, but how many playoff games or series has he won? And before you bring up Luongo, no, he's not in the same class. It is arguable that Huet is a top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Names I think of ahead of Huet are:
Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Giguere, Turco, Miller, Hasek, Backstrom, Nabokov, Emery, DiPietro.

Huet is more of a second tier of starting goalies. But to answer the question, yes, he is a #1 goalie.

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10-23-2007, 06:30 PM
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He's good, but how many playoff games or series has he won? And before you bring up Luongo, no, he's not in the same class. It is arguable that Huet is a top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Names I think of ahead of Huet are:
Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Giguere, Turco, Miller, Hasek, Backstrom, Nabokov, Emery, DiPietro.

Huet is more of a second tier of starting goalies. But to answer the question, yes, he is a #1 goalie.
He was good for the brief time he was in the playoffs, didn't win the series but he was good.

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He's good, but how many playoff games or series has he won? And before you bring up Luongo, no, he's not in the same class. It is arguable that Huet is a top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Names I think of ahead of Huet are:
Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Giguere, Turco, Miller, Hasek, Backstrom, Nabokov, Emery, DiPietro.

Huet is more of a second tier of starting goalies. But to answer the question, yes, he is a #1 goalie.
Not in that order, but I agree with those names as being better than Huet. Having said that, that puts Huet in the top half of starting goaltenders in this league, which I think qualifies him as a starting goaltender.

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yes, a starter but a bit unappreciated due to some fans pushing for Price.

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He's good, but how many playoff games or series has he won? And before you bring up Luongo, no, he's not in the same class. It is arguable that Huet is a top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Names I think of ahead of Huet are:
Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Giguere, Turco, Miller, Hasek, Backstrom, Nabokov, Emery, DiPietro.

Huet is more of a second tier of starting goalies. But to answer the question, yes, he is a #1 goalie.
I couldn't put it any better than that. I agree with Ziggy completely.

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10-23-2007, 06:34 PM
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I think he's an excellent goaltender.

But I need a "#1 goaltender" to play 60-65 games per season for me plus playoffs. Until Huet proves that he can do that, I can't put him in that category.

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Hell yes he's a legit #1.

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He's good, but how many playoff games or series has he won? And before you bring up Luongo, no, he's not in the same class. It is arguable that Huet is a top 10 goalie in the NHL.

Names I think of ahead of Huet are:
Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Lundqvist, Giguere, Turco, Miller, Hasek, Backstrom, Nabokov, Emery, DiPietro.

Huet is more of a second tier of starting goalies. But to answer the question, yes, he is a #1 goalie.
Just wondering what the basis of ranking Backstrom ahead of Huet is...

Most of the reason Huet isn't though of as a #1 is because he's never managed more than 42 games in an NHL season. Backstrom had 41 games in his first year and wasn't any better (or worse) than Huet has ever been.

On another note, I love Backstrom... and think he is one of the best... but his stats (like Harding's will be) will always be a bit better than the actual goalie because of the system the Wild play.

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I think he's an excellent goaltender.

But I need a "#1 goaltender" to play 60-65 games per season for me plus playoffs. Until Huet proves that he can do that, I can't put him in that category.
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Absolutely. IMO, Huet is easily a top-10 goalie in the NHL.

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He's definitely a #1 goalie.

Durability...
He's had a starters job for 1 1/2 seasons. He's now played 79 of Montreal's last 128 games since Theodore last played in a Montreal uniform.
The flak he gets is unwarranted. Montreal has leaned heavily on him after Theo finally lost his job and at times last year. He had 2 flukes injuries, 1 before he got to Montreal and the other when he rolled over his leg last season.

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Yes, but his durability is a serious question. I'm not really referring to injuries. It's more due to the fact he's never really played 50 games at any time in his pro career and isn't used to a heavy workload. It's imperative you have a backup that you are confident can play 30 games.

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He's excellent, if only for the fact he's very consistant. He tends to get worn down though but he's arguably the best goaltender in the division, at least imo.

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IMO, Huet should be in front of Backstrom and Emery (or at least at the same level), and that makes him a top 10 G.

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He's excellent, if only for the fact he's very consistant. He tends to get worn down though but he's arguably the best goaltender in the division, at least imo.
Ryan Miller?

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Ryan Miller?
Miller has always played on a better team than Huet and his stats aren't really that close either.

HUET
Has posted a career .918 SV% and 2.45 GAA over 137 games.
Has posted a 1.96 GAA and .934 SV% so far this season in 6 games.

MILLER
Has posted a career .908 SV% and 2.73 GAA over 135 games.
Has posted a 2.87 GAA and .892 SV% so far this season in 6 games.

Miller and Huet have both had success in the playoffs, though Miller again, has played for much better teams.

The only reason people would take Miller, in my opinion, is because he's 5 years younger.

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