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I’m writing this note during Game 6, because regardless of whether he wins or loses, my message remains the same.
You have a very special young goaltender in Braden Holtby.
For his age, he is very polished, composed, and adaptable. In fact, when I break down his game at the elemental level, I come to find that he has many positives, and very few negatives.
Most of you are keen enough to see this with your own two eyes. It’s just the way he moves in the crease, the body language he displays. The statistical results act as the perfect “visual proof” most of us need to argue that he has a very bright future.