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12-09-2012, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
The issue is rather straightforward - Top Goaltenders. The goalies you list were not drafted BUT they were never chosen to represent their country at the WJC level either - considering they represent Canada, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, this is a pretty good indication that there was a consensus perception that they were iffy prospects during their NHL Entry Draft eligibility.
And consensus was wrong. All the goaltenders listed (and the list was not exhaustive) turned out to be much better than the scouts and national program administrators expected. Correct?

All are interchangeable parts quality at best.
That depends on whether you're measuring them against successful NHL goalies or the entire prospect pool. They are definitely not interchangeable parts with the majority of goalies in their draft classes.

Dwayne Roloson was a weak Jr B goalie at the age of 20:
Which reinforces the point about extreme variability in goalie development and success.

Efficacy is simply a function of how many starters an organization drafts over a fixed period of time. Montreal drafting the likes of Theodore,Garon, Vokoun, Halak, Price between 1994 and 2005 is very impressive.
Absolutely. They scored some very impressive steals in the lower rounds while the other 29 teams were wasting picks on guys with no future in the league, 2003 being a great example. Clearly it wasn't "easy" to predict the future of the 26 guys who went ahead of Halak, or he would have been picked ahead of at least 25 of them.

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