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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

Wedgewood has two top ten finishes in SV% in the OHL and is currently toiling in the ECHL. He's proven nothing so far, although it would be nice to see him get some time in the AHL this year. It will always come down to who they think deserves the job - I imagine they are aiming for Kinkaid to become at least a backup by 2014-15. Another .915 SV% type season in the A and he'll be ready-ish.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:05 PM

Triumph, on 06 Feb 2013 - 10:42, said:
Kinkaid has a .915 SV% in Albany as the starter, don't know why everyone is assuming that Wedgewood would leap over him.

Brodeur had a .884 sv% in Utica. That number really doesn't matter as much as how a player adapts to the NHL. Either Kinkaid or Wedgewood has a good chance of being the first non-Marty starter in 20 years by 2014-15 or 15-16.

The reason people see an NHL future out of Wedgewood is because he had three great seasons in the OHL, played well in 2 of his 3 starts in the World Juniors in 2012, and has already started to develop a reputation of being a 'clutch' (it exists) goalie. I like Kinkaid a lot, and it's pretty clear he will get the shot before Wedgewood does, but it's not hard to see that Wedgewood (who is 3 years younger than Kinkaid) is ahead of the curve.



Kinkaid looks fantastic in his own right... you can see the Marty influence in his game.




As for Wedgewood, he has more of a Carey Price style. Very quick getting up and down into the butterfly, and it looks like he doesn't waste a whole lot of movement.




Both goalies can play the puck... check out Wedgewood's assist in this one, plus a post game chant from the Edmonton crowd and an interview.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

the good thing is that if our youngsters are not ready when Brodeur and Moose's contract will be up there may be a few free agents testing the market, they may sign before but still technically Henrik, Miller, Hiller, Halak and Elliot may be available


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

Brodeur had a .884 sv% in Utica. That number really doesn't matter as much as how a player adapts to the NHL. Either Kinkaid or Wedgewood has a good chance of being the first non-Marty starter in 20 years by 2014-15 or 15-16.

1992-93 was the highest scoring year in the NHL in some time and was an expansion year to boot. Throwing out AHL save percentages as meaningless on the basis of one season doesn't make sense - goalies who have better AHL save percentages tend to have better NHL save percentages.

The reason people see an NHL future out of Wedgewood is because he had three great seasons in the OHL, played well in 2 of his 3 starts in the World Juniors in 2012, and has already started to develop a reputation of being a 'clutch' (it exists) goalie. I like Kinkaid a lot, and it's pretty clear he will get the shot before Wedgewood does, but it's not hard to see that Wedgewood (who is 3 years younger than Kinkaid) is ahead of the curve.

He did not have 3 great OHL seasons. He had 3 very good OHL seasons. He was not the top goalie in the league or particularly close to it in save percentage. I also don't see how he's ahead of the curve - so ahead of the curve that he's not even playing in the AHL? I know plenty of NHL starters have played in the ECHL and that the lockout screwed things up (one injury in the organization above him and he goes to the AHL), but he's not lighting things up there. The ECHL is a low enough quality league that shot quality is a thing there and not all SV% is equal, but still. And clutch almost certainly doesn't exist at the pro level.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

Brodeur also had a GAA of 4.03 that season for Utica.  But clearly the Devils were able to look past those numbers when they brought him up, for a variety of reasons. 

 

And Wedge is still practically a baby at this point...only 20 (he'll be 21 by the start of next season).  Kinkaid will be 24.  If anything (and I know I'm getting way ahead of myself here), it wouldn't surprise me if Kinkaid became the Terreri, and Wedge the Brodeur in the next generation...not ever suggesting that Wedge will EVER be another Brodeur in any way, just that one guy (Kinkaid) might get there first, get roughly 2-3 seasons in as the starter, then have a younger guy in Wedgewood pushing him with the chance to overtake him as the #1.  But that's a crystal ball that's impossible to read at this point. 


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

Wedgewood has two top ten finishes in SV% in the OHL and is currently toiling in the ECHL. He's proven nothing so far, although it would be nice to see him get some time in the AHL this year. It will always come down to who they think deserves the job - I imagine they are aiming for Kinkaid to become at least a backup by 2014-15. Another .915 SV% type season in the A and he'll be ready-ish.

 

Backup to whom?  Marty will have played out his contract by the end of next season, though I'm guessing the Devils will bring in a stop-gap type who can provide competent goaltending if they think Kinkaid and/or Wedge can do the job sooner than later.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

This is wishful thinking but I hope kinkaid becomes a excellent goalie at the NHL level. Growing up a Devils fan, he won't want to leave NJ.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

Triumph, on 06 Feb 2013 - 12:36, said:
1992-93 was the highest scoring year in the NHL in some time and was an expansion year to boot. Throwing out AHL save percentages as meaningless on the basis of one season doesn't make sense - goalies who have better AHL save percentages tend to have better NHL save percentages.

But using it based on one season DOES make sense??

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He did not have 3 great OHL seasons. He had 3 very good OHL seasons. He was not the top goalie in the league or particularly close to it in save percentage.

At least you aren't splitting hairs or anything.

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I also don't see how he's ahead of the curve - so ahead of the curve that he's not even playing in the AHL? I know plenty of NHL starters have played in the ECHL and that the lockout screwed things up (one injury in the organization above him and he goes to the AHL), but he's not lighting things up there. The ECHL is a low enough quality league that shot quality is a thing there and not all SV% is equal, but still. And clutch almost certainly doesn't exist at the pro level.

He's ahead of the curve because he is 3 years younger than Kinkaid and already has international tournament experience, plus some very impressive playoff performances. Additionally, he went pro 2 years younger than Kinkaid.


As for clutch, of course it exists! It's what sports is all about, Tri! Just because you won't find it on a graph or in any of your charts doesn't mean it isn't there. You see it ON THE ICE. Check out Richter in 1994, or Richter in the 96 World Cup. Check out Jon Casey coming in as a backup against Detroit in 1996 when Grant Fuhr went down and taking a St Louis team to game 7 double overtime. Hell, how about Henrique with 2 series clinching OT goals in his first NHL playoff season? Claude Lemieux in the playoffs in 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 97 etc etc? Clutch is coming up big when the game is on the line. You can't measure it.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

But using it based on one season DOES make sense??At least you aren't splitting hairs or anything.He's ahead of the curve because he is 3 years younger than Kinkaid and already has international tournament experience, plus some very impressive playoff performances. Additionally, he went pro 2 years younger than Kinkaid.


As for clutch, of course it exists! It's what sports is all about, Tri! Just because you won't find it on a graph or in any of your charts doesn't mean it isn't there. You see it ON THE ICE. Check out Richter in 1994, or Richter in the 96 World Cup. Check out Jon Casey coming in as a backup against Detroit in 1996 when Grant Fuhr went down and taking a St Louis team to game 7 double overtime. Hell, how about Henrique with 2 series clinching OT goals in his first NHL playoff season? Claude Lemieux in the playoffs in 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 97 etc etc? Clutch is coming up big when the game is on the line. You can't measure it.

 

The sabes guys don't believe in clutch, and nothing you say will change their minds on that one.  You'll have an easier time convincing a Born-Again Christian that there is no God. 


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

But using it based on one season DOES make sense??

There is a giant difference between saying 'This player's one year save percentage SUGGESTS that he is better than another' and saying 'AHL save percentage doesn't matter because of Martin Brodeur'. As I said, 92-93 is one of the strangest years in NHL history.

As for clutch, of course it exists! It's what sports is all about, Tri! Just because you won't find it on a graph or in any of your charts doesn't mean it isn't there. You see it ON THE ICE. Check out Richter in 1994, or Richter in the 96 World Cup. Check out Jon Casey coming in as a backup against Detroit in 1996 when Grant Fuhr went down and taking a St Louis team to game 7 double overtime. Hell, how about Henrique with 2 series clinching OT goals in his first NHL playoff season? Claude Lemieux in the playoffs in 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 97 etc etc? Clutch is coming up big when the game is on the line. You can't measure it.

Clutch is not a demonstrably repeatable skill. If it's not repeatable, then it's not a skill. Some players have had had amazing performances in the playoffs - ones that boggle the mind and dazzle the eye. They're part of why we watch, and they're a part of the story forever. It doesn't mean they can do that again. If I had to take the under on Adam Henrique ever scoring a playoff OT goal in the NHL again, I would - playoff OT goals are rare. Doesn't make those goals any less special when they happened.

76: Clutch has been 'proven' to be a skill in baseball, but it is insanely small, so small that it isn't even worth mentioning. And that's baseball.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

Really like Wedge as a goalie prospect, I think he has the highest ceiling out of all of our guys that we have between the pipes, don't forget that just a couple years ago Wedge was Team Canada's starting goalie in the World Juniors. He has great lateral movement which will be a huge asset at the NHL, kid has speed and flexibility like Quick. Not saying he's gonna be as good as Quick, but his game is reminiscent of Quick when I watch him play.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

This is wishful thinking but I hope kinkaid becomes a excellent goalie at the NHL level. Growing up a Devils fan, he won't want to leave NJ.

 

Well you never know.. Begin, Lapierre and Latendresse all grew up Habs fans... played there and all asked to get traded at some point.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

There is a giant difference between saying 'This player's one year save percentage SUGGESTS that he is better than another' and saying 'AHL save percentage doesn't matter because of Martin Brodeur'. As I said, 92-93 is one of the strangest years in NHL history.Clutch is not a demonstrably repeatable skill. If it's not repeatable, then it's not a skill. Some players have had had amazing performances in the playoffs - ones that boggle the mind and dazzle the eye. They're part of why we watch, and they're a part of the story forever. It doesn't mean they can do that again. If I had to take the under on Adam Henrique ever scoring a playoff OT goal in the NHL again, I would - playoff OT goals are rare. Doesn't make those goals any less special when they happened.

76: Clutch has been 'proven' to be a skill in baseball, but it is insanely small, so small that it isn't even worth mentioning. And that's baseball.

 

Though I do believe in 'clutch', my view on it has evolved a bit...I see it more as guys who have 'the knack'.  Some guys seem to have 'the knack' to raise their games in the bigger moments, while others have 'the knack' of not coming through, or at the very least, matching their typical performances in "lesser" games.  One can rule that the leagues have all been watered down enough through expansion that there's a number of pretty good players that can feast off lesser competition, but such players will be exposed when facing higher-quality opponents come playoff/big game time (Nick Swisher-types).  But I do believe, as long as human beings are playing these games, some will handle the big stage better than others, and some guys will always have 'the knack'.  Even if such a thing can't truly be measured, and even if a little luck factors into it.   


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Colorado Rockies 1976, on 06 Feb 2013 - 14:13, said:
Though I do believe in 'clutch', my view on it has evolved a bit...I see it more as guys who have 'the knack'. Some guys seem to have 'the knack' to raise their games in the bigger moments, while others have 'the knack' of not coming through, or at the very least, matching their typical performances in "lesser" games. One can rule that the leagues have all been watered down enough through expansion that there's a number of pretty good players that can feast off lesser competition, but such players will be exposed when facing higher-quality opponents come playoff/big game time (Nick Swisher-types). But I do believe, as long as human beings are playing these games, some will handle the big stage better than others, and some guys will always have 'the knack'. Even if such a thing can't truly be measured, and even if a little luck factors into it.

That "not having the knack" description made me think of A-Rod. Blech. If there's a record for hitting into a double play to end a playoff game (or series) when you could have been the hero, he'd have it.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Has anyone seen the tv show "ink master"? I think an awesome challenge would be for them to design hockey masks
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

Looking at the videos, i would prefer Kinkaid since he has a more hybrid look as opposed to Wedge who uses butterfly and speed to block shots, which will diminish in time. Longer period pay off is Kinkaid, and trade bait is Wedge.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

Though I do believe in 'clutch', my view on it has evolved a bit...I see it more as guys who have 'the knack'.  Some guys seem to have 'the knack' to raise their games in the bigger moments, while others have 'the knack' of not coming through, or at the very least, matching their typical performances in "lesser" games.  One can rule that the leagues have all been watered down enough through expansion that there's a number of pretty good players that can feast off lesser competition, but such players will be exposed when facing higher-quality opponents come playoff/big game time (Nick Swisher-types).  But I do believe, as long as human beings are playing these games, some will handle the big stage better than others, and some guys will always have 'the knack'.  Even if such a thing can't truly be measured, and even if a little luck factors into it.

That's just it, Nick Swisher is a terrible example for you. His walk and strikeout rate isn't demonstrably different regular season to playoffs - he is just making way more outs when he hits the ball. But I'll agree about the knack - at least that it might exist - I just can't say who does or doesn't have it. There's no reason, besides his signing in Cleveland, why Nick Swisher can't go hit .400 with 3 HRs in a playoff series next year.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

I intern with the Titans and have seen almost all of Wedge's home starts this season. He is a good goalie, the Titans play very weak defence. While Wedge does give up a softy every so often, he bails out their awful defence an awful lot. Has made a ton spectacular saves too this season.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

Triumph, on 06 Feb 2013 - 13:40, said:
There is a giant difference between saying 'This player's one year save percentage SUGGESTS that he is better than another' and saying 'AHL save percentage doesn't matter because of Martin Brodeur'. As I said, 92-93 is one of the strangest years in NHL history.Clutch is not a demonstrably repeatable skill. If it's not repeatable, then it's not a skill. Some players have had had amazing performances in the playoffs - ones that boggle the mind and dazzle the eye. They're part of why we watch, and they're a part of the story forever. It doesn't mean they can do that again. If I had to take the under on Adam Henrique ever scoring a playoff OT goal in the NHL again, I would - playoff OT goals are rare. Doesn't make those goals any less special when they happened.

76: Clutch has been 'proven' to be a skill in baseball, but it is insanely small, so small that it isn't even worth mentioning. And that's baseball.

Leadership isn't a measurable skill either, but it matters.

I'm not saying either Wedgewood or Kinkaid are better than the other. I'm saying the reason Wedgewood has the hype is because, so far, he's performed in the big games. He can play under pressure. Hopefully, we'll get to see Kinkaid have some playoff games and we can see what he does in them. Kinkaid has great size and speed and I love his Marty-ish style. He coudl very well be an NHL starter in the next 3 - 4 years, but until he has a couple of big moments, Wedge is gonna be considered the 'future'.

A good sign from Wedge in the OHL, in the 2010 playoffs... Starter Matt Hackett gets suspended. Plymouth is down 3-0 in the series to a Windsor team that had Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Cam Fowler, Ryan Ellis, Eric Wellwood, etc. Wedgewood comes in for Game 4, and makes 70 saves in an OT loss. That's a very good sign for the kind of player he could be. It's all speculation of course, but you want to see that kind of reputation.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

That's just it, Nick Swisher is a terrible example for you. His walk and strikeout rate isn't demonstrably different regular season to playoffs - he is just making way more outs when he hits the ball. But I'll agree about the knack - at least that it might exist - I just can't say who does or doesn't have it. There's no reason, besides his signing in Cleveland, why Nick Swisher can't go hit .400 with 3 HRs in a playoff series next year.

 

The guy is a .169 hitter lifetime in the playoffs, in 46 GP and 154 AB...seems to be too big a sample to attribute all of it to hitting into bad luck.  He has yet to show why anyone should have confidence in him come playoff time, but the same thing was said about ARod as a Yankee through up until 2009, so I can't entirely rule out Swisher having a big playoff out of nowhere (if he gets there). 

 

And yeah, I think 'the knack' definitely exists...not in black-and-white form, but enough that the guys that don't seem to have it have a way of sticking out.


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Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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