NHL: Drafting Goalies a Precarious Task

July 10th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
Every NHL draft year, numerous questions arise regarding the young talent and how they are ranked. Some wonder why Player A is expected to go so high when he only had 10 points while playing in Sweden, or why Player B is expected to go late considering he scored 40 goals in major junior.

Even more unpredictable, however, is the order goaltenders are drafted. The rankings at this position vary greatly among NHL teams because of trends, team needs, and what kind of talent is available.

Last year was no aberration.

While 2009 wasn’t expected to be an especially deep pool of goaltender talent to draw from, it was surprising where the tenders were taken and the order in which they went.

According to International Scouting Service’s final ranking, five North American goalies were ranked higher than any Europeans and th ...

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