Discussion in 'National Hockey League Talk' started by HansonBro, Oct 17, 2018.
Fleury made 26 saves to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 and collected his 407th win Tuesday night
Still likely not the best choice for a first overall pick, but hard to argue with the value of the selection over the course of his career.
Wasn’t he the last goalie picked first?
Makes ya wonder, there was a few top 5 pick goalies in the early 00s that ended up busting.
You rarely see goalies get drafted high this era
Marc-Andre Fleury was selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins, only the third goalie in NHL history selected as the first overall draft choice (Michel Plasse being the first and Rick DiPietro the second). Eric Staalwas second, picked by the Carolina Hurricanes, and Nathan Horton was selected third by the Florida Panthers.
Many analysts have pegged this draft as one of the most talented groups, some even say better than the 1979 NHL Draft, ever selected in a single draft. Every single first-round pick went on to play in a regular season NHL game. Notable players to play in only a handful of games include Hugh Jessiman (2 games) and Shawn Belle (20). The player with the third-fewest games was Marc-Antoine Pouliot, who played significantly more, skating in 192 games. Fleury, Staal, Horton, Nikolay Zherdev, and Patrice Bergeron all played significant time in the NHL immediately after they were drafted. Milan Michalek also made the San Jose Sharks out of training camp that year, but suffered a serious knee injury that cost him the season. Calgary Flames' first round selection Dion Phaneuf scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign, becoming only the third defenseman to do so, after Brian Leetchand Barry Beck. Almost all of the top 10 selections played at least 10 games in the NHL in the 2005–06 season (Braydon Coburn is the only one to play less, at nine games). Mike Richards and Jeff Carter (Flyers), Zach Parise (Devils), Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks), and Eric Staal (Hurricanes) all led their teams in scoring in the 2007–08 regular season. Later rounds also provided more NHL players than usual, such as Shea Weber (49th), Jan Hejda(106th), Kyle Quincey (132nd), Lee Stempniak(148th), Nigel Dawes (149th), Brad Richardson(163rd), Joe Pavelski (205th), Kyle Brodziak(214th), Tobias Enstrom (239th), Dustin Byfuglien (245th), Shane O'Brien (250th), Matt Moulson (263rd), Jaroslav Halak (271st), David Jones (288th), and Brian Elliott (291st
People bust on Ozzy for being a passenger but he was a good goalie with a wicked glove.Now Fleury is viewed much the same was but both are/were starter quality goalies for a long time.
Fleury was hard for even me to dislike.
Congrats i guess.
Hard to not think looking back who Pittsburgh could have used that pic on and taken Howard later in the draft how things might have played out,in hindsight of course.
Impressive milestone. Congrats to MAF.
People will get mad once he enters the HHOF.
Didnt realise he’d been around quite that long, especially compared to the few peers he has left.
Amazing how fast the wins stack up playing behind an absolutely stacked team.
Pretty bizarre some would say. Though, I can't wait to see what the devout fans of MAF will react to this comment.
Getting carried to HHOF
Congrats Marc. Now ditch the mask and much of your pads and see you you compare to Mr. Goalie
Fleury - the Eli Manning of the NHL
Shocking to see how fast public opinion has changed on Fleury. I remember when he was an absolute laughingstock.
who? caps and flyers fans?
How many of them were shootout wins?
Pretty much everyone but Price & MAF if I'm not mistaken. I guess Lehtonen turned out OK too.
What do you mean, what? People laughed at him because of how terrible he was. See here, here, and here.
Yeah, nothing like the stacked line-up of a first year expansion team! Going 29-13 on such a club is so easy, any goalie could.... Oh, wait, no goalie has ever done it.
Thats nice. You must forget how bad Pittsburgh was before he was drafted. The Penguins were terrible and drafted Fleury in hopes he'd save them...he did
Shootout wins notwithstanding, Glenn Hall’s a pretty lofty player catch up to. We’re talking about a guy who started 502 games in a row and was very, very, very good.
I think you've misunderstood my post. Yes, Fleury was the first piece of the Penguins' rebuild (although lol at the idea that he "saved" them, I'm pretty sure Malkin and Crosby did that), but he was also widely considered one of the biggest playoff chokers of all time.
Average starter with high variance, a great teammate and a wonderful human being.
Not according to some Knights fans.
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