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01-04-2013, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
It is a mistake to draft a goalie in the first round as far as i am concerned. There is a reason nobody used to draft goalies in the top-10, wth very rare exceptions until the mid-90s. They bust at increduble rates. Goalies have more than triple the chance of going bust.

And to say that they need a goalie in a year so they should draft one is particularly wrong. Goalies take forever to develop. If a good skater normally plays from the age of 21 to 34, a good goalie plays from 24 to 38. It takes your average successful netminder 6 years post-draft to make it.

The Devils need to trade for a goalie to replace Brodeur.
Yup they are a crapshoot. We drafted Ari Ahonen in the first round in 99, and JF Damphousse in the first round in 97. Damphousse played a few games as a backup one year, but was traded to Anaheim after Brodeur signed an extension for 5 years. He never played another NHL game again.

The closest Ahonen got to the NHL was dressing as Scott Clemmensen's backup for 2 weeks when Brodeur was injured in 05/06. Left for overseas that year right after Brodeur was given an extension. He is doing well in the KHL with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Probably could have gotten an NHL job if drafted by another team who gave him a chance.

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