He’s a Russian. He’s a goalie. He hasn’t played in North America yet.
Vasilevskiy is his closest comparable, drafted 19OA in 2012. He didn’t get a starter’s workload until the 16-17 season, 4-5 years after he was drafted. Expecting a 19-20 year old Russian to become a starting goaltender in the NHL is setting him up to fail.
If he’s the pick then, I can live with it. But it’s a pick for 4-5 yrs down the road, potentially outside of CAR’s immediate window as they’ll have to make decisions on Aho, Teravainen and Pesce by then as well, they won’t be able to keep all of them I’d wager. My argument is that they’re better off getting a Lehner/Markstrom/whoever of the many, many #1Gs available this offseason as opposed to gambling on Askarov. I don’t think it’s the best use of assets to pick a goalie that high.