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Beginning To Blossom

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Selected second in the 2002 Entry Draft, Lehtonen has been described for years as Blueland's goalie of the future. Based on his play to this point -- and yes, the date on the calendar is duly noted -- it's almost safe to say the future is now. Four starts. Two shutouts. A .071 goals-against average. A .971 save percentage. Three wins. It's easy to get caught up in numbers, especially when they paint such a pretty picture. But proof of the steps that Lehtonen is taking toward his potential as the game's next elite goalie can't be divined from the stats page. You only can find it by watching him work his magic.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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