Ovechkin or Lehtonen?

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  1. Kaiped Krusader

    Kaiped Krusader Registered User

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    Who would you rather have?
     
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    Rather Lehtonen because a good goalie can win you games.
     
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    Definitly AO........a potential franchise player is much harder to come by then a goalie who can get u a cup. Just look at guys like Kipursoff this year and Giguere last year. At this point theres just too many good goalies out there.....though I do think Lehtonen is gonna be a special one.
     
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    Ovechkin! Easily! Lethonen isn't even the first goalie I would think of before Ovechi
     
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    depends on the organizations needs. for a team like Buffalo that has a bunch of solid goalies that aren't exactly old I'd go with Ovechkin.
     
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    A potential franchise goaltender is much harder to come by then a potential franchise forward.

    Great forwards come around every few years. Over the last few years, the only potential franchise goalies are Lehtonen, Dipietro, Fleury, and Luongo.

    I would take Lehtonen easily.
     
  7. HabsBaby18*

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    Lethonen !!
     
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    You can't compare the players, it is a matter of what you want more.

    Personally I would take Lehtonen as I believe a goaltender is vital to success nowadays.

    Doesn't hurt to have both though, like on my fantasy team :yo:.
     
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    Tough one. You're asking me to choose between the future league top scorer and the future league top goalie. Can't say.
     
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    Give me Lehtonen.
     
  11. SwOOsh*

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    In today's NHL with the way goalies have improved over the last decade(s) it is pretty much even in my eyes with actually a better chance that a goalie is the franchise player then a forward. This can also be represented by the fact that goaltenders have started to win the Hart and Conn Smythe (sp?) a lot more frequently in the last decade.

    IMO it's harder for a player to actually become a franchise player then a goalie as there are just more players that are good/great, while there are a few that really stand out. I might judge a franchise player a little bit harder then some as I only consider great players like Lemieux, Gretzky, Yzerman, Iginla, etc. that are the backbone of their teams. While goalies like Roy, Brodeur, Hasek, Belfour etc. and then you have the goalies who have done really well for a few seasons that could also be considered as franchise players at the time Giguere, Kolzig, Theodore etc. come around more often in my opinion.
     
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  13. Mr.Brownov*

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    I'd take Ovechkin as my goalie!
     
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    i'd take ovechkin. great franchise goalies come along every couple of years too...1997 Luongo, 2002 Lehtonen, 2003 Fleury

    if ovechkin is as good as they say he is, i'd take ovechkin.
     
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    Lehtonen's my man
     
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    gotta go with lehtonen
     
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    I was thinking of making a poll like this the other day funnily enough.

    I think if both were the same age, and eligible for this draft AO would of definitely gone first overall, so take from that what you want.
     
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    "potential franchise goaltender" is so relative.


    There are plenty of clear number 1 goaltending prospects out there, but what's the difference between a good number 1, and a franchise goalie? Is there that much difference between a Luongo (arguably the best goalie in the league) and a Kiprusoff, or a Thedore? What? 5 points?

    Maybe a stretch drive in the playoffs.

    I'd rather have an ok number one and a potential franchise forward, rather than an ok forward, and a franchise goalie. Hey, that's just me, but winning 3-2 is way better than losing 1-0...
     
  19. U bring up a good point. Goalies go #1overall VERY rarely (did anyone go #1overall other than Luongo and Fleury?). I wonder why.

    Edit: It was Dipeatro, brain cramp.
     
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    i don't think the difference between a franchise forward and an ok forward is 3 goals a game, so i'd have to disagree with that point. And to the person who said that AO would go ahead of lehtonen if they were both the same age and in the same draft, i'd agree but say thats because goalies are less sure than forwards in general so it seems teams would be more hesistant to take a goalie with the #1. I would still rather have a franchise goalie because they are on the ice 60 minutes and can easily change the course of a season, forwards are less likely to do so, but in choosing between these two players, how in the world could you go wrong?
     
  21. cheesed-off*

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    haha, me too, mang :banana: :banana:

    i also have crosby.

    the guys in my pool insult me, but in reality are just jealous.

    right guys?
     
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    Goaltending wins championships

    Iginla Vs Khabibulin. Who won?

    Yes, i know Hockey is a team sport but hopefully you can see my point.
     
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    Lehtonen :yo:
     
  24. CH Wizard

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    Ovechkin
     
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    None ... Give me Lehtveckin...

    Best offensive talent to step into the NHL in along time , and he is soo fast he can go all the way back to his own end to play goalie ! He is just amazing !
     
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