Some Kari Lehtonen highlights

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  1. Kaiped Krusader

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    What's Kari's Height and Weight now? He's gotten bigger mass wise everytime I see him. Those Fins have some killer weight programs it seems, Noronen got ripped too.
     
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    Fins will have three star goaltenders in the future with Ahonen, Lehtonen and Noronen. Those three are amazing. Lehtonen like I said before is the best goaltender since Roy.....he will be better then Hasek and Brodeur. He may win the Vezina next year if given the chance.
     
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    Considering they've proved nothing at the AHL level let alone the NHL level I disagree.
     
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    those are some sick saves. ATL is going to be a contender within years (if not a year) with him in net... WoW!
     
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    I forgot about Toivonen but Rämö and Ahlqvist are not even in NA so they are leagues behind Ahonen and Noronen. Hell Ahlqvist wasn't even drafted. You are off the block.
     
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    So what, Ahonen is playing in a much much better league on a horrible team and is the only reason why they won over 10 games.
     
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    Buffalo will have to make decision about their goaltender.. I mean Noronen, Miller all pushing to the top position..

    any clue on what might happen?
     
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    Wow. Those saves are amazing. This kid can play. Atlanta is a very lucky team with their incredibly talented youth. In 5 years they ae going to be dangerous...

    Heatley
    Kovalchuk
    Lehtonen
    Coburn

    Solid start...

    They have their top line players, thier number 1 D (or at worst number 2) and a future star goalie. If they can assemble any kind of team around these kids they'll be a force
     
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    Kovalchuk-Savard-Heatley
    Valabik-Colburn
    Lehtonen
     
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    That was amazing. Thats insane. :handclap: :bow:
     
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    Isnt Nittymika (sp) the Flyers goalie also looking promising?
     
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    Hes only 24 missy. He's one of the better netminders to come out of the goalie factory that is now Finland.
     
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    This kid is a treat to watch! He is so young and so poised out there, even high level situations seem routine for him. He is going to be outstanding!!!
     
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    wow
    Atlanta will be a force to be reckoned with
     
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    What's the big deal with those saves on the highlight video? I think they are rather ordinary for Lehtonen.
     
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    I haven`t seen Lehtonen`s games since he left Finland, but I don`t think those saves are "rather ordinary". Of course he makes a lot of terrific saves, but you shouldn`t "underestimate" those saves. Now it sound that those saves were easy for Lehtonen and that he can make even more incredible saves. Even if he is maybe the most promising goalie prospect on earth, those saves aren`t that ordinary even for him.
     
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    wow, to say the least, I'm glad i took him in my hockey league.
     
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    He was the only thing that kept Chicago alive that long. He had the 3rd best SV% in the AHL playoffs, and the 2 goalies before him only played a few games, and so did the one with the same SV%.


    EDIT: You can't forget about Tuukka Rask when talking about future finnish G prospects. The kid's amazing.
     
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    In fairness to Lehtonen, he has proven he can play in the AHL aswell as dominate in Finland. Rask definitley has all the tools to be great but as we've seen with so many European goalies, they come over and it takes forever for them to learn the game here. Lehtonen will be great, of that there is little doubt, with Rask at this point there is some apprehension.
     
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    Hey thanks so much for the highlights.

    I actually was at the game and I was able to see each and every game between those two in the series but I was able to attend that game my self.

    Big thanks because I told my dad about the 2nd save on the clip were he flipped around and got it with his glove, and he didnt believe me that such a big man could be so agile.

    He's going to be a super star, simply put, best goalie in the NHL down the road, i'm glad I stuck to my guns durring the Fleury hype, Lehtonen is awesome!

    Edit: Finland is simply producing some of the best goaltenders in the world for their age. Another up and comer as well is Germany who has to be the 2nd best goaltender factory in Europe.
     
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    Any idea why Finland produces great goalies.

    Is it that there is one (or a few) superior coaches? The best athletes are attracted to goal? Do the developmental leagues somehow promote goalies? Anomolous statistical chance? None of the above?

    I agree that great goalies are coming out but I cannot understand why the country is pounding out so many good ones.
     
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    I wanted to add that I saw Kari several times this year and was simply amazed by his skill. But even more than that, the Thrashers seemed to play much, much better in front of him. They were calmer as a squad and much more focused defensively.

    The first night, I just thought that the team was trying to help the kid in his first NHL game. But then they played that way every night out. That was unusual for them.

    I had heard that other great goalies could do that for their clubs, but I've never closely followed a team with such a goalie to understand the phenomena. I hesitate to say this but here goes: Kari reminds me very much of Ken Dryden. His style, his efficiency, his size and his effect on a team--even the way he stands when he takes a rest.

    Now if we can only find a Robinson, Lamaire and Mahovlich (a Lafleur we already have!).
     
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