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Montoya, Lundqvist Crack McKeen's Top 10 List

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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In a recent look at the top young goaltending prospects across the globe, mckeenshockey.com, an independent scouting site, recently ranked their top 10 at the position. Future Blue netminders Al Montoya and Henrik Lundqvist cracked this list with Montoya coming in at the fifth spot and Lundqvist a not-too-distant seventh. The Blueshirts were the only team to have more than one netminder in the top 10.

McKEEN'S TOP 10 GOALTENDERS
1) Kari Lehtonen (Atlanta Thrashers), Chicago - AHL
2) Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh), Wilkes-Barre - AHL
3) Hannu Toivonen (Boston), Providence - AHL
4) Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Rochester - AHL
5) Al Montoya (New York Rangers), University of Michigan - CCHA
6) David LeNeveu (Phoenix), Utah - AHL
7) Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), Vastra Frolunda - Swedish Elite League
8) Maxime Ouellet (Washington), Portland - AHL
9) Ilja Bryzgalov (Anaheim), Cincinnati - AHL
10) Marek Schwarz (St. Louis), Vancouver - WHL

What they're saying about Montoya:
“Tried to do too much early this season, but has since settled down and looked completely in control. He’s showing great patience now, waiting for shooters to make the first move and relying more on his reflexes and outstanding pad work.“

What they're saying about Lundqvist:
“The best goalie in the Swedish Elite League for three years now and still far from reaching his peak. Blessed with elite positioning and game reading savvy, yet his best attribute may be his ability to perform under pressure. He just doesn’t get rattled no matter what the circumstances.“

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BLUESHIRT TRIO CRACKS McKEEN'S TOP 100 SKATERS LIST
Aside from the Blueshirt gems between the pipes in Montoya and Lundqvist, mckeenshockey.com has also identified three Rangers skaters in their recent list of Top 100 prospects (excluding goaltenders). Defenseman Fedor Tyutin cracked the Top 10 and #7, while Hugh Jessiman (62) and Lauri Korpikoski (74) rounded out the list.

7) Fedor Tyutin
62) Hugh Jessiman
74) Lauri Korpikoski
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