Originally Posted by ericdaoust
I've read/heard some claims that Niko Hovinen is the goalie of the future for the Flyers. Is he likely to become a future NHL goalie and what is the wait time before he does anything significant?
I wouldn't be surprised if the Flyers considered Hovinen as the goalie of the future...they aren't the most keen organization when it comes to goalie development. Not sure where you read that about him, but it's probably just hype. He had to miss the SM-liiga finals because of hip issues, and it's likely to plague him again in the future, so I suggest staying away from Hovinen for now because I know he has bad hips...and playing on the smaller surface doesn't really lend a hand to that being any easier on him. I say wait until he has proven he can stay healthy for a full season in North America, then see where he lands next season. I wouldn't jump on him yet. More risk than reward.