Thread: GDT: 2012 NHL Entry Draft
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06-23-2012, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cbcwpg View Post
Never did understand drafting goalies, unless they are rated very high ( like 2 of Atlanta's picks: Pavelec or Kari Lehtonen ) and you need one badly. Goalies can always be had without using a later draft pick for one. JMO but I would rather draft a skater.
I would imagine it's because goalies are a such a crapshoot, but so are skaters in those later rounds -- I think on IC today they said statistically a 7th round skater is about as likely to have NHL success as an undrafted free agent.

On the other hand if you happen to luck out with a goalie you drafted and they take off in college or the minors or whatever, then that's REALLY nice for your organization. So it's a really low-risk, good-reward move to pick up a late-round goalie you like and throw 'em in your system, and statistically you're not passing up much to do it.

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