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02-26-2013, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by BonkTastic View Post
We should be using one "5th-6th-7th round"-range pick on a goalie every year.

European, if possible. Let them develop overseas, where you don't need to use a roster spot on your AHL club if they'd rather stay and develop at home.

Goalies are phenomenally unpredictable to peg in a draft year... they develop WAY later than skaters do. Sometimes, "18 years old" is just not old enough to properly evaluate a goalie, their true skill level sometimes doesn't become evident until they're in their early 20's.
(this is a general guideline, obviously there will be some exceptions)

Statistically you are just as likely to find an NHL goalie in the first three rounds as you are the last four. Late round picks spent on goalies are as safe a pick as you'll ever make.
they changed the rules again this CBA, but for the past 7 years, the fear with european goalies was that they were more likely to turn UFA before they were ready for you.

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