Nathan Lieuwen off to Buffalo at #167

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 6/25/2011

Finally, an easy one.Back in March, I mentioned the possibility of the Sabres considering Nathan Lieuwen in the late rounds.


Sure enough, the 6'5 netminder was available in round six and the Sabres astutely scooped him up. From the 2011 Draft Preview:

"An athletic 6'5 netminder, Lieuwen was once a highly rated draft prospect that saw his stock fall due to a concussion in his draft year. It took some time to regain his consistency, but he evolved into a reliable force in his third draft eligible season. After posting 33 wins and a 2.79 goals against average behind a Brayden McNabb-led defense, the refreshed 19-year old earned WHL playoff MVP honors by backstopping the ICE to their third Memorial Cup appearance.

Lieuwen is still somewhat of a raw goaltending prospect. His lateral movement needs work and he seems to have an issue catching the puck. I'm not sure how far he can take his game, but the huge stopper could theoretically be your stopgap #2 in the AHL next season. Think of him late as a "let's see if he develops" type of pick if other options have been exhausted."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just my guess, but Lieuwen will be starting in Rochester this year...

If not the beginning of the year, then he will be by the end.

Next year will be interesting with Lieuwen and Knapp, 2 really "small" goalies.

Anonymous said...

If Knapp can't win and keep the starter role, he's toast. He had a mini Eidness failure last year. I don't believe he was injured. Reikard(?) had an off year compaed to 2009 and that is why they didn't get back to the frozen four. He had better worked his arse off otherwise he'll be in the ECHL and we'll be drafting a goalie in rounds 2-4 next year or trading for a goalie prospect.

Anonymous said...

Get Out of here. Really you must be kidding? Knapp single handely got them past MI with 55 saves on 57 shots to reach last year's frozen four. where were u

Anonymous said...

That was 2 years ago, I know where you were, drunkass!!!

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