Is Labarbera for real?
January 5, 2009 1:35pm CST
Average fans probably never saw him in LA, well unless you are a Kings fan, I am included in that. Since going to Vancouver though I have watched all three games, thank you online streams, and I got to say he is impressing me. I almost feel sorry that he will have to take a back seat in a couple weeks when Luongo gets back. That is unless the Canucks are thinking this is a Depietro situation and Luongo may be out a lot longer. Has anyone else watched and been impressed, or is this just showing how good the defense in Vancouver really is?
5 Jan 09
I think this is a case of Labarbera being in a new environment and a new chance to prove himself as a legitimate starter in the NHL. He is taking the opportunity very well and put out some great performances over the last few games. That being said, I am waiting for this hot streak to fizzle out. He is a good young prospect that never really got a chance to be showcased in Los Angeles, especially with a traditionally weak defense in front of him. He should get the opportunity to show what he's made of with a decent defense in front of him now that he is in Vancouver but I wouldn't expect anything spectacular long term. While he can win a few games for a team here and there, he isn't one of the top rated goaltenders in the league by any means. But hey, for a 7th round pick, even two wins with him between the pipes is more than you could ask for, lol.