Ramo Wins Best Goaltender at AHL Skills Competition

Have we mentioned he's just 20? Karri Ramo continued to expand his reputation as a wunderkind tonight in winning the Top Goaltender Award at the AHL Skills Competition. Ramo tied for best in the competition with 15 saves including 7 of 10 in the rapid fire, 3 of 3 in the 3-on-0 event and 4
5 of 6 in the breakaway event. Congratulations to Karri on another great night in an already great rookie season.

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Just some other notes from

Just some other notes from the event tonight...

First, it seemed like the Sportsnet guys who were commentating the competition were really surprised about how athletic Karri is. Karri, when you look at him, he's a little rolly polly and a little stout in the way he's built and you'd never guess he's as quick, especially with his feet, as he is.

Second, Matt Lashoff's goal in the breakaway competition. My word. Look it up on youtube tomorrow. You'll be glad you did.

Finally, Dustin Byfuglien who won the hardest shot competition. There's no doubt the young man has some attitude issues. He was a bit of a jerk to the on ice reporter after winning the competition and looked like he'd rather be anywhere in the world than talking to someone in the media. He also, obviously, has had a lot of problems with discipline and maintaining his weight. All that said, he's one of those rare players for whom the game looks easy. Hardest shot? Piece of cake. Breakaway? Made it look simple. You look at his stats with Norfolk in his second pro season: 25 points in 31 games as a defenseman. If you could ever get him to put a 100% effort start to finish from conditioning to practicing to playing the games he'd be a world beater. Granted, all that said, Torts would probably kill the kid, but if Chicago ever gives up on him I'd be happy to take a flyer on him.

Matt Lashoff's goal

Just sick.

War Kitchener Rangers alumni. :)

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