Huet played ordinary anyway. He had no help at all while he was in - but he still played bad.
He reminded me abit of how Valamov has played recently. He started off looking confident in net and then as every goal went in he looked smaller and smaller and less confident.
Lets get one thing straight - Huet has the ability to be a damn good goalie.
And on the Hawks team - that would make him a top 10 goalie for sure.
But I really don't think that he is mentally tough enough to be the starter.
Whereas I really think Niemi is. Hell - he may not steal the job, but he has an 'enigma' about him. Plus he is a solid Finnish goalie. Behind the Hawks he could be a power house. And he is 26 years old - so it's not like they are throwing the ball to a young kid.
When I compare the two - I have
An inconsistent netminder who has loads of skill but has yet to apply.
And a netminder who has been more consistent over his career (albeit not in the NHL) who has all the credentials to be a strong NHL goalie.
I know I would always side with a solid goalie over a goalie who can be brilliant some nights but doesn't turn up to play on others.
The Hawks probably have a good situation going on here -they will give both guys ample opportunities. And I'm not convinced that Niemi will be able to steal the postion - if anything Huet will hand it to him.
And at the end of the season the BlackHawks can decide on who they want to continue with into the future.
Huet just needs to sort his head out