Notable goalies drafted in the 1st round: Price, Luongo, Rask, Lehtonen, Varlamov, Fleury, Ward.
Notable goalies drafted in the 2rd round or later/undrafted: Quick, Miller, Lundqvist, Rinne, Smith, Bryzgalov, Anderson, Backstrom, Halak, Vokoun, Hiller, Kipprusoff, Howard, Crawford.
Still look like a good idea to draft a goalie in the 1st round? And Rask was traded for Andrew Raycroft straight up, while Lehtonen was traded for a 4th round pick and a prospect.
You don't draft a goalie in the first round because their development is so hard to predict. However, a proven goalie that has already spent years developing is definitely worth a 1st round pick....depending on where the pick is of course.
Varlamov is coming off a 50 save performance and definitely looks like a goalie you can make a run with.
I wouldn't have made the move if I was Washington, so I'll say yes.
__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
Option A was trading Varly for the highest return possible.
Option B was keeping him, and letting him go play in Russia because we couldn't guarantee him the starting job.
In neither option would he be playing for us right now, so obviously taking the option that netted us a nice return (and kept him from dying in the Lokomotiv crash) is still the right choice. That's why Caps fans were so ecstatic about the trade when it happened - everyone knew our backs were against the wall on this one and we'd have to move him to the highest bidder. We were all really surprised to get such a great return under the circumstances.