Schwarz potential?

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  1. blues1234

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    I dont know to much about prospects or there potential so what are the opinions of some of the people on this board about the potential of Schwarz? Great, good, average starter? Any opinions would be appreciated.
     
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  3. leafaholix*

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    Only seen him 3 times, but I have to say his potential is perennial all-star.

    He's the most flexible goalie I've ever seen.

    Dominik Hasek (if I had to choose a player)
     
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    I love Montoya, but IMO Schwarz was the best goaltender in the draft, and should compare well down the road to the likes of Fleury, and Lehtonen.

    He's going to be a big game goalie, he could be an all star.

    He has the quickest reflexes i've seen in awhile, I think the stuff he is missing can be coached, and what he has is just god given talent.

    Schwarz is a great athlete, insanely quick! and really a smart goalie.

    He may not play the puck well, but he does alot of good things out there.

    For a 17th overall pick in a average draft. Kudos to the Blues you have a franchise goaltender.
     
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    problem with unorthodox goalies is you never know how it will translate into the NHL. sure he could be the next hasek, but he can very well be a bust. butterfly goalies, on the other hand, are probably the safer bet and the more likely to be successful in an NHL environment. This is why i think schwarz fell down so deeply even though he is often touted as being the best goaltender int he draft. Not to mention, it took hasek quite a while before he was able to become a #1. If this is any means for schwarz, the blues have quite a ways to go before they expect him to have any impact on the NHL
     
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    Top-ten NHL goalie, and the best goalie taken in the 2004 Draft. St. Louis landed a very good one.
     
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    Unlimited. Schwarz's upside is Vezina winner, all-star, anchor of a team. After thinking about it over night, Schwarz was the best pick of the draft, even over Tukonen. Goalies are a crapshoot, but this was a very good risk by the Blues.
     
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    I would agree with the possibility of him becoming an all star, but there is no way he is more flexible than M-A Fleury.
     
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    Best goalie in the draft and third best goaltending prospect in the entire league IMO(behind Fleury and Lehtonen).
     
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    I dont want to argue cause I saw him only once at the WJC and i had completly the oposite feeling that you guys have.

    I saw a technical, angle shutter goalie with great size...

    Efficient but not very exiting.

    Lets see... any way i prefer your descriptions......

    BJ21
     
  11. leafaholix*

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    He's easily more flexible than Fleury.

    I've never seen anything like Schwarz in net.
     
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    Fleury doesn't have bones, so I don't know how he could be more flexable.
     
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    I do not agree with that statement. How does being a butterfly goalie helps to project the success? It can make a scout compare goalies at the same stage of development, because there are so many of them that do the same thing, it is easy to see who does it best. But there is still no way to tell how well it will work in the NHL, because even the best of goalie prospects need to go a long way to get to the NHL level, and noone can say that the best of the bunch today will remain the best of the bunch 5 years from now.
     
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    He may be more unorthodox, but he's not more flexible (than Fleury). I don't even think Lehtonen is.
     
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    Watch him play.

    He's a rubberband.
     
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    i've seen fleury and schwarz and IMO fleury is way more flexible.. :jump:
     
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    I know I've only seen him a few times but from what I've seen of Schwartz I was'nt really impressed. He looked shell shocked against a Canada team at the WJC every game they played. I know this was'nt all due to him, as the Canadian team was clearly better, but from a prospect this hyped I thought he would be much better. He seemed to go down way to early, and lose his focus after a few goals.

    He has great upside if the Blues stick a goalie coach on him right away, and if he is willing to adjust. But IMO there has to be a reason that so many teams avoided him. Who knows though, two of the best four players to come out of this draft could very well be Schwartz and Schremp, two guys that have huge potential but for different reasons slid on draft day.
     
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    I have watched about as much as anyone else has as far as his play in the WJC, and what I saw, compared to the 15+ games I watched Fleury play in the NHL, and without a doubt Fleury is GUMBY! I like Schwarz, and I think with his unorthadox style and lightning quick glovehand, coupled with the fact that he challenges the shooters and his great angle coverage he will be a big time goalie in the NHL. Having said that he is no Fleury and definitely no Lehtonen at this stage of the game.
     
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