Ari Ahonen - What a disapointment

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Craig Ludwig, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Craig Ludwig

    Craig Ludwig Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    64
    Several years ago, it seemed like Ari Ahonen was a "can't miss" goaltending prospect that would possibly even compete with Brodeur for the starting job in New Jersey. Now I just noticed that he is an unrestricted Free Agent that no one will even sign for the league minimum. What in the world happened to this guy?
     
  2. Feed Me A Stray Cat

    Feed Me A Stray Cat Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2005
    Messages:
    14,825
    Likes Received:
    114
    Trophy Points:
    141
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    He signed in Finland.
     
  3. Hunter Gathers

    Hunter Gathers White guilt milquetoast piece of human garbage. Sponsor

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    107,818
    Likes Received:
    3,939
    Trophy Points:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Corporate Drone
    Location:
    NJ/NYC
    He was just never that good at the AHL level to even gain the confidence of management.
     
  4. Slats432

    Slats432 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2002
    Messages:
    12,754
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    171
    Home Page:
  5. J17 Vs Proclamation

    J17 Vs Proclamation Registered User

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    8,025
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    College baby!
    Location:
    Reading.
    Wow, that is basically a list giving the top 50 busts. Alot of those guys didn't pan out.
     
  6. Brodeur

    Brodeur Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    17,182
    Likes Received:
    243
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Location:
    San Diego
    In this year's Future Watch, THN listed it's top 50 for 2001 and Ahonen clocked in at #5, while Christian Berglund was at #20. Pains me to know that all we ended up getting out of those two was 80 games of Viktor Kozlov.

    So yeah, just another reminder not to count your chickens before they hatch!
     
  7. Hunter Gathers

    Hunter Gathers White guilt milquetoast piece of human garbage. Sponsor

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    107,818
    Likes Received:
    3,939
    Trophy Points:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Corporate Drone
    Location:
    NJ/NYC
    I always wonder if the lack of faith in management coupled by his knowing that he'd never be a starter for NJ most likely just made his play collapse. It's got to suck knowing you're stuck down there for a LONG time.
     
  8. Brodeur

    Brodeur Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    17,182
    Likes Received:
    243
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Location:
    San Diego
    That and being stuck on some absolutely putrid Albany teams. If Ahonen had kept it up, some other teams might have been interested in acquiring him. Probably would have been best if the Devils had traded him a couple years ago and let him get a fresh start with another organization. Who knows, maybe he finds his game in Europe and comes back as a viable NHL goalie a la Tim Thomas.
     
  9. The Viking Fury

    The Viking Fury Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    12,650
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ouch, seeing Kolanos, Oullet, and Blackburn in that article made me shudder
     
  10. mooseOAK*

    mooseOAK* Guest

    Jeff Jillson at #7 made me laugh.
     
  11. Cloned

    Cloned Gabby for Gold!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2003
    Messages:
    30,863
    Likes Received:
    771
    Trophy Points:
    179
    For me, it was Alexei Semenov at #3 on the d-man list.

    Oh, and Jani Rita.
     
  12. JackBauer

    JackBauer Registered User

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ont.
    at least heater and spezza didn't bust.
     
  13. Seph

    Seph Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2002
    Messages:
    17,279
    Likes Received:
    54
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Location:
    Oregon
    Home Page:
    For those reasons, I can't help but wonder if he'd be worth taking a chance on. See if maybe playing in a system where he doesn't have to beat out the best goalie in the world to get a job doesn't help motivate him a little. He still has time, and goalies often develop late.
     
  14. Teemu

    Teemu Trick question?

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2002
    Messages:
    25,456
    Likes Received:
    589
    Trophy Points:
    223
    "The Blackhawks selected a gem when they drafted Vorobiev 11th in the 2001 NHL entry draft."

    yeaaaa...... a gem. (Meanwhile, Ruutu is #23)
     
  15. barfy2000

    barfy2000 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2005
    Messages:
    1,784
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Whitby, Ontario
    Haha this is my favourite parT:

    "In 2-3 years when Chelios and Duchesne likely will be retired"
     
  16. Russian_fanatic

    Russian_fanatic Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2004
    Messages:
    6,651
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    54
    People mocked me, and said I was stupid when I said Auld>>Ahonen.
     
  17. Levitate

    Levitate Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2004
    Messages:
    25,462
    Likes Received:
    461
    Trophy Points:
    154
    I always felt Ahonen was overrated a bit because he was a Devils prospect...but at any rate, it was painfully obvious he'd never go anywhere with the Devils and in retrospect, they would have been better off trading him awhile back. Might have even helped his career.

    edit: ouch, this scouting report is just painful to read:

    yeah...
     
  18. Archijerej

    Archijerej Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Messages:
    1,246
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    96
    "Hainsey is a fierce competitor and a gritty performer":eek:
     
  19. BronxBruin

    BronxBruin Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    1,883
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    141
    Location:
    Bronx, NY
    Home Page:
    I think my favoriate is:

    7. Jeff Jillson (15), D, San Jose
    Just call Jillson a poor man's version of Chris Pronger. When the Sharks selected Jeff with the 14th pick of the 1999 NHL entry draft, they might have hit the jackpot.
     
  20. WOW
    So that means that player on top 50 are not all FRANCHISE PLAYER ??

    But i thought top 50 HF prospect >> all-star player in the NHL :dunno:
     
  21. X-SHARKIE

    X-SHARKIE Registered User

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2003
    Messages:
    9,362
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Janesville Wisconsin
    Home Page:
    lol, I know..but after his days with Michigan and his rookie year in the NHL, he looked legit. In the end he allowed us to get Kyle McLaren so I cannot complain with the pick.
     
  22. Beatnik

    Beatnik Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2002
    Messages:
    5,700
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    139
    Location:
    Québec
    Home Page:
    Very few goalies impressed me like Ahonen did at the WJC, he was simply amazing.

    I always hoped he'd break out someday. :(
     
  23. Habsfan18

    Habsfan18 Registered User

    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    Messages:
    26,343
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    Trophy Points:
    170
    Location:
    Ontario
    Home Page:
    They also said "the future captain" :help:
     
  24. futurcorerock

    futurcorerock Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    6,831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    We in Columbus agree
     
  25. nuckfan insk

    nuckfan insk Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Messages:
    4,250
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    96
    Occupation:
    hockey guru
    Location:
    saskatoon Sask
    playing on horrible albany teams didnt help him either
     

Share This Page

monitoring_string = "358c248ada348a047a4b9bb27a146148"