In The Crease: Fast starters
Goalies who played in AHL and Europe during lockout have an edge
As this abbreviated NHL season moved closer to reality, one theory espoused by some analysts was that players who participated in professional leagues somewhere -- either the KHL or some other European league or the AHL here in North America -- would be at an advantage for quick starts. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun mentioned this concept in analyzing the opening-night win for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This makes sense: While most modern hockey players stay in reasonably good shape during the offseason, ...
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