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Anders Lindback was a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft by the Nashville Predators.
He backed up one of the best goaltenders in the league, Pekka Rinne, his entire career and saw limited time. Lindback has appeared in just 38 games in two seasons.
While the limited experience can be on both sides of the fence, I consider it a pro in this instance.
Lindback watched from the bench as Rinne took the Nashville Predators to a new level. Rinne has 106 wins in his last three regular seasons, including 43 in 2011-12.
As a backup goaltender, I'm sure there is a lot to gain from being in the locker room with someone who performs at that high of level on a nightly basis.
Not to be discredited, the Preds have one of the best goaltending coaches in the league in Mitch Korn.
Korn has developed a long list of high-level NHL goaltenders including Rinne, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron, Grant Fuhr and Tomas Vokoun.
Could Lindback be the next in a long line of successful goalies under Korn's tutelage? It's possible.
Hockey's Future says Lindback has a "B" chance at being successful in the NHL.
Lindback has a very small NHL sample size to pick from, but he has shown sparks of greatness.
In his rookie season after Rinne went down to injury, Lindback started nine straight contests. He went 6-3.
Again, a smaller sample size, but Lindback has better numbers than Garon.
Garon sports a 2.83 goals-against average. Lindback has a 2.53.
Garon has a .904 save percentage. Lindback has a .914.
Lindback, 24, could be ready to take over No. 1 goaltender duties in the NHL.
He is 6'7" with good quickness and plays very low to the ice. According to Hockey's Future, his height is his greatest asset.
"Lindback is closer to a Pekka Rinne-type, he's a hybrid," Predators goaltender coach Mitch Korn said. "He stays on his feet, but maybe not that long. He spends a lot of time on his knees, but I wouldn't call him a pure butterfly guy. He's got mammoth size, so on pucks that someone else would have to shrug their shoulder for example to stop, it will just hit him."
Lindback is a young goaltender who has been a backup for most of his career.
For Team Sweden at the 2010 World Championships, he was third string.
In 2008-09, he was the backup to Jacob Markstrom, the Florida Panthers' top prospect. And in Nashville, he was obviously a backup to Rinne.
To go from that role to being an NHL goaltender is asking a lot, especially with the added weight of this season in Tampa Bay.
This season is the 20th anniversary of the Bolts. General manager Steve Yzerman has put together a solid group for this historic season.
Can a goaltender who has never really been a No. 1 really handle that pressure?
Bolts fans won't accept missing the playoffs again with everything they've acquired this offseason.
So the question is, who is No. 1 in Tampa? Lindy or Garon?
In an article I wrote when the Lightning acquired Lindback, I posted a poll about who could take the Bolts to the playoffs.
Nearly 78 percent of fans said Lindback will get the Bolts to the playoffs. Just 10 percent said that Garon would.