Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by CRAZY_FAN, Apr 3, 2004.
Yup, and next year, he could win the Calder...if he play enough and if Ovechkin is not playing...
I really see him as a potential calder candidate, but i still beleive that goaltenders takes longer before they make a real impact. My pick would still be Ovechkin if he does play of course.
He'll get the Calder, ala Nabokov, Brodeur, Belfour...
raycroft's gonna get it next year too?
I've carefully watched each of Lehtonen's games so far and I'll say he is quite impressive.
His style reminds me of a young Dryden or Roy. He is big, quick with a classic butterfly style. Most impressive is his demeanor. He is quietly confident, calming and the team plays better in front of him.
He stoned Vinny on a penalty shot last night then skated toward him in an confrontive/confident way. It was a pleasure to watch!!
He has the inside track to the Calder next year--if there is a next year!
Did Lehtonen stop Vinny on the PS or did he miss the net on the backhand?
Either way Kari deserves credit but I couldn't tell what happened with one glimpse of it
Lehtonen didn't give Vinny any room to shoot the puck..he kept gliding through the net as Vinny tried to position himself and Vinny eventually shot the puck past the goal.
Lehtonen has been amazing in his first 4 NHL games. Look at his gamelog:
3/19 FLA 19 Saves/21 Shots on Goal/Win
3/24 WAS 23 Saves/25 Shots on Goal/Win
3/27 FLA 30 Saves/30 Shots on Goal/Win
4/3 TAM 29 Saves/30 Shots on Goal/Win
106 Shots on Goal
.953 Save Percentage
1.26 Goals Against Average
4 Games Played/4 Wins
I think the Thrashers have a franchise goalie on their hands. I am disappointed the season is over for us but I am very optimistic about the future since we have such a talented core (Kovalchuk, Heatley, Lehtonen).
Olli Jokinen on Kari Lethonen!!!
Wow. Better than Luongo?
Don't shortchange yourself. You've got a couple rocks on the blueline too: Coburn and Exelby.
Kari schooled Vinny like he was a rookie.
Vinny deked and went backhand. Kari didn't bite on the deke and shutdown the entire backhand side. Once Vinny was at an impossible angle, with nothing to shoot for he flicked it wide. Wouldn't have mattered--stoned cold!
But the best part was right after. Kari skated out and glared at Vinny as he skated away. It felt like he said (or was thinking), "Take that lame sh.t out of here. Is that all you've got, punk? I am your worst nightmare--for the next 15 years!"
Maybe that was what I was thinking.
I'm among Lehtonen's biggest fans, but this hype needs to be tempered a bit. Wait until the NHL finds some weakness in his game (as it does for all keepers), and then build the hype around him.
How many games do you think he will play next year?
Kari's amazing. Finland's really starting to come out with some great goaltenders, with Kari leading the pack
I suspect that he wins the #1 job out of camp next year. If so, I expect 40-50 games.
Hard to say what to expect from him over the course of entire year, but if he performs as he has this year (AHL and 4 NHL games), we have a Calder winner.
By next year he'll have acclimated to North America, grown into his body and studied up the NHL forwards. If the Thrashers add some defense to the equation...
Potential Calder Candidate for next season if there is NHL:
Kari Lehtonen, Alexander Ovchekin, Marc AndrÃ© Fleury!
Now that will be fun to watch
Is Fleury still eligible to win the Calder next year? I thought he used up his rookie eligibility this season.
Since he didn't play 25 games this season, I believe he still an potential candidate! I may be wrong thoug!
I'm expecting Nurminen to be the starter out of camp, but that Lehtonen will take the job over the course of the season.
Could turn out that way, but why?
From what I have seen of Kari this year (granted only 4 games), I could see him as the #1 right out of camp. Maybe Bob makes them co-#1s and they split time.
All I can say is this: Kari seems ready for prime time now!
Nurminen is on record as saying he is not going to participate in the World Cup just so he can be in terrific shape(for him at least) for the next season.
Pasi knows full well the challenge he faces from Kari for the #1 spot, and I think this will be a very exciting preseason in Atlanta with the top goalie role up for grabs.
Right now I would put my money on Pasi just due to how slowly the Thrashers have brought along Kari, and how well it has worked thus far.
I think he ment World Championships not World Cup. Two different tournaments.
Kyri is right. He's going to skip the World Championships but would like to play in the World Cup if he can.
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