Nicola Riopel

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  1. Jason MacIsaac

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    I just checked out the QMJHL website and seen that he got a 50 save shutout in the season opener for Moncton. He was a 1st round pick 14th overall, what sort of strengths and weaknesses does he have and what round do they project him to go in this years draft.
     
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    He is a mini version of Corey Crawford. Very technical and methodical in goal. Great positionally, doesnt have to rely on reflexes. He is 5'11 180, alright size, not small or big, he also has a very good glove hand.

    Hes a good prospect.
     
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    With a solid rookie season do you expect him to go within the top 3 rounds of the draft?
     
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    Well, from the sound of it, he could become better than Crawford so yeah, he could go in the first 3 round for sure...
     
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    Hes below 6'00 so i doubt it...i know guys like Theodore and Giguere are only 5'11 but Riopel looks smaller in the net.

    He could be a great pick in the 4th-7th area..steal worthy. But like I said, 5'11 will keep him out of the first 3 rounds id say.
     
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    yeah right like bernier's 5.11 kept him out of the first three rounds:sarcasm:
    it doesnt matter if you are 5.11 or 6.00 imo. the best goalie gets picked first. at least from the opinion of the team that picks.
     
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    Ummm...Bernier is on a completely different level.

    Riopel is a good goalie, but its not like he is a top 10 talent that will fall because he is 5'11...he is a SOLID goalie prospect at this point...nothing more nothing less.
     
  8. People, Riopel had a great first game, but this is VERY early in the year yet...
     
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    bernier wasn't expected to go as early as he did either. my point is that you just never now. he might be a first rounder and he might go undrafted. its to early to tell;)
     
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    Bernier went were he was suppost toor even a little later for some. Going into the year he was suppost to be the franchise goaltender.
     
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    Yes he was.

    Riopel has played 1 game in the Q thus far...this time last year Bernier was projected as a top 15 pick...thats a massive difference.
     
  12. Jonathan Bernier was unquestionably going in the first round.
     
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    Did he play on the Quebec team that won the U17 Gold against Team USA?
     
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure he was D'Orso back-up.
     
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    well bernier got picked early. there is nothing to say about that, but he needed the good season he had to get picked that high. no one is secured first rounders a year before the draft ( there is exeptions offcourse. crosby, ovechkin, malkin, kessel, ej).
    you need to have a good season in your draft year even if you are expected to go in the first round. look at joensuu he was expected to go top-10 for a long time evan mcgrath in 04 was expected to go in the first. and didn't get picked before the round 4, but my first point was that it didn't matter if you are 5.11 or 6.00 just look at bernier.;)
     

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