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TOP 40 GOALIES
Pierre McGuire
October 13, 2003
Dominik Hasek is back in net for the Red Wings, but Martin Brodeur of the Cup-champion Devils is rated No. 1 by SI's Pierre McGuire
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October 13, 2003

Top 40 Goalies

Dominik Hasek is back in net for the Red Wings, but Martin Brodeur of the Cup-champion Devils is rated No. 1 by SI's Pierre McGuire

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31 PASI NURMINEN
Thrashers
AGE: 27
21-19-5,
2.88, .906
[Improve]
STRENGTHS: Solid fundamentally; good positioning.
WEAKNESS: Passive in the crease-must challenge shooters more.

32 MARC DENIS
Blue Jackets
AGE: 26
27-41-8,
3.09, .903
[Improve]
STRENGTHS: Good quickness moving around the crease; sees the puck well through traffic.
WEAKNESS: Mental toughness questionable.

33 BYRON DAFOE
Thrashers
AGE: 32
5-11-1,
4.36, .862
[Drop off]
STRENGTHS: Acrobatic; good positioning.
WEAKNESSES: Sometimes roams too far from the net; durability—has been prone to injuries.

34 MANNY LEGACE
Red Wings
AGE: 30
14-5-4.
2.18, .925
[Remain the same]
STRENGTHS: Top competitor who excels off the bench in mid-game.
WEAKNESS: At only 5'9" and 162 pounds, can wear down easily.

35 BRENT JOHNSON
Blues
AGE: 26
16-13-5,
2.47, .900
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STRENGTHS: Good size and mobility; handles the puck well.
WEAKNESS: Positioning-especially when teams attack off the rush.

36 BRIAN BOUCHER
Coyotes
AGE: 26
15-20-8,
3.02, .894
[Remain the same]
STRENGTHS: Outstanding glove hand; very quick feet get him out of trouble.
WEAKNESSES: Prone to allowing soft goals; sometimes is too impatient.

37 RYAN MILLER
Sabres
AGE: 23
6-8-1,
2.63, .902
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STRENGTHS: Excellent size (6'2" and 166 pounds) and mobility; fundamentally sound.
WEAKNESS: Doesn't challenge shooters enough.

38 SEBASTIEN CARON
Penguins
AGE: 23
7-14-2,
2.64, .916
[Improve]
STRENGTHS: Side-to-side quickness; reliable glove hand.
WEAKNESS: Lack of strength—gets easily jostled around the crease.

39 JOHAN HEDBERG
Canucks
AGE: 30
14-22-4,
3.14, .895
[Remain the same]
STRENGTHS: Anticipates the play very well; excellent reflexes.
WEAKNESS: Allows too many short-side goals because of poor positioning.

40 ROBERT ESCHE
Flyers
AGE: 25
12-9-3,
2.20, .907
[Remain the same]
STRENGTHS: Poise—doesn't get rattled in big moments despite being young.
WEAKNESS: Needs to control rebounds better, especially around the crease.

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