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05-06-2009, 03:13 PM
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Andrei Mezin

Sorry if this has already been disguseed, but is their a reason Andrei Mezin is not in the NHL? his stats are pretty impressive.

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05-06-2009, 04:52 PM
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Sorry if this has already been disguseed, but is their a reason Andrei Mezin is not in the NHL? his stats are pretty impressive.
too old for NHL + inconsistent at club level while in NT he rulez

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Sorry if this has already been disguseed, but is their a reason Andrei Mezin is not in the NHL? his stats are pretty impressive.
Oh my God. In the KHL he was HORRIBLE
Though with Belarus he always plays great, probably it's because he can give all his effort in just 10 days

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too old for NHL + inconsistent at club level while in NT he rulez
he was always very inconsistent at club level.

and when younger he was a maniac. slashes to the head of opponents, beating up opponents...i'd call it entertaining. i remember an opponent crashing into him. mezin got rid of his gloves and starting punching the guy while sitting on him. awesome stuff.

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From what Ive seen in his KHL games, he is AHL quality.

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Thank you that is good to know.

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I remember after the 2002 Olympics there were rumors that he was close to signing a contract with Toronto.

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I remember after the 2002 Olympics there were rumors that he was close to signing a contract with Toronto.
Unfounded because he would have needed to be drafted and he was never drafted.


In 2002, he didn't even start the Olympics as Belarus' starting goaltender.

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Unfounded because he would have needed to be drafted and he was never drafted.


In 2002, he didn't even start the Olympics as Belarus' starting goaltender.
I remember reading about it in an old issue of The Hockey News. I'll go through some old issues and try to find the report. It could have been about something else but I remember it involved Toronto and Mezin.

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Unfounded because he would have needed to be drafted and he was never drafted.


In 2002, he didn't even start the Olympics as Belarus' starting goaltender.
Why? Couldn't he just have signed as a free agent?

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Why? Couldn't he just have signed as a free agent?
No, not back then.

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He's proven to be inconsistent over the years. There were rumours that Toronto was going to sign Gustavsson as a backup to Toskala for next season, but they'd be much better off signing Masalskis performance and consistency wise after this tournament.

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Oh my God. In the KHL he was HORRIBLE
This season - perhaps. Last year, he was one of the best goalies in the league.

But I agree, Mezin always plays much better for Team Belarus

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This is still a huge acheivement for him

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he was always very inconsistent at club level.

and when younger he was a maniac. slashes to the head of opponents, beating up opponents...i'd call it entertaining. i remember an opponent crashing into him. mezin got rid of his gloves and starting punching the guy while sitting on him. awesome stuff.
No kidding. I remember chanting "Psycho Mezin" for good parts of a game before he completely lost it, one game. Mad man, mad skill.

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No kidding. I remember chanting "Psycho Mezin" for good parts of a game before he completely lost it, one game. Mad man, mad skill.
Just a random question what team was this on? His club team from now? I remember Marc Andre Fleury used to drop the gloves quite a bit when he was with the team in Cape Breton

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Has a goalie from a team that didn't make it past the QF, ever won top goalie before?

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Has a goalie from a team that didn't make it past the QF, ever won top goalie before?
Yep. Andrei Mezin did it in 2006, too
http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournament...000_98_1_0.pdf

Belarus lost to Finland in quarterfinals that year.

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Just a random question what team was this on? His club team from now? I remember Marc Andre Fleury used to drop the gloves quite a bit when he was with the team in Cape Breton
It was when he was with the Berlin Capitals in 2oo1 or 2oo2...

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Yep. Andrei Mezin did it in 2006, too
http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournament...000_98_1_0.pdf

Belarus lost to Finland in quarterfinals that year.
FRom what Iīve seen of Belarus in 2006 and this year, half of the teamīs succes is Mezinīs play, so my question for you as a Belarus fan is do you have a goaltender that can replaces Mezin in the future after Andrei retires? Iīm just interest because I think it is an important part of Belarussiaīs rise to the top 8.

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FRom what Iīve seen of Belarus in 2006 and this year, half of the teamīs succes is Mezinīs play, so my question for you as a Belarus fan is do you have a goaltender that can replaces Mezin in the future after Andrei retires? Iīm just interest because I think it is an important part of Belarussiaīs rise to the top 8.
Not at the moment. But we have some hopes for Igor Brikun of HK Gomel panning out in the future. Glen Hanlon went on a record saying that Brikun is the first high-caliber Belarusian goalie prospect. I haven't seen Brikun much, so I'll take a word of Hanlon (former NHL goaltender) on it.

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Not at the moment. But we have some hopes for Igor Brikun of HK Gomel panning out in the future. Glen Hanlon went on a record saying that Brikun is the first high-caliber Belarusian goalie prospect. I haven't seen Brikun much, so I'll take a word of Hanlon (former NHL goaltender) on it.
Thanks for the info. Are there any plans to get Brikun over to Dinamo Minsk?

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Thanks for the info. Are there any plans to get Brikun over to Dinamo Minsk?
Dynamo will use Mezin-Koval tandem in their 2009-2010 campaign. They are planning to sign Mezin this week. Brikun will stay with Gomel for at least one more year.


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Dynamo will use Mezin-Koval tandem in their 2009-2010 campaign. They are planning to sign Mezin this week. Brikun will stay with Gomel for at least one more year.
Yep, that's the plan. Personally, I wouldn't put all eggs in one basket and rather see Mezin, Koval and Brikun play big minutes in different clubs, instead of sharing the duties in one.

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Yep, that's the plan. Personally, I wouldn't put all eggs in one basket and rather see Mezin, Koval and Brikun play big minutes in different clubs, instead of sharing the duties in one.
No problem here. Mezin (34!) and Koval will split the games, meanwhile Brikun could find home somewhere else. It's time to break out, and it doesn't matter will it be KHL, AHL or SEL. He'll be 23 this fall, and he has to deliver what we all expect. If he is the real deal, he'll have his chance. Dynamo had him in camp a couple of times and didn't sign him. May be they were wrong, but he has to prove it. Koval is almost 30 and it's clear, he cant be number one on a good team. He is big... and that is all. By the looks of it, Brikun is our only hope.

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