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04-05-2012, 08:43 AM
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Top Goalie Prospects

Are there any slam dunk NHL goalie prospects for the next couple of years. It seems like it has been a long time since we had a goalie being drafted in the top 10. Carey Price is the last that I can think of. I realize that times have changed and goalies are less likely to be drafted that high, but who are the top undrafted goalie prospects in Junior, and if possible, could someone create a ranking (draft year doesn't matter).

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04-05-2012, 09:26 AM
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04-05-2012, 09:40 AM
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That is true, Campbell was a highly touted prospect and if I remember correctly there was a lot of hype around him pre-draft (justifiable considering his play in the world junior). He could of easily gone top 10 in that draft.

Is there anyone out there right now?

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the top goalie this year seems to be Andrei Vasilevski. probably as close as you can get to a slam dunk i guess? he is playing in the KHL, so he's been playing with and against men.

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04-05-2012, 11:18 AM
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Oscar Dansk really intrigues me. Was an absolute monster at U18's if I remember correctly. Unfortunately we didn't get to see him at WJHC's which could have shot him up the board if he played well.

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the top goalie this year seems to be Andrei Vasilevski. probably as close as you can get to a slam dunk i guess? he is playing in the KHL, so he's been playing with and against men.
He's never played in the KHL.
He plays in the MHL, which is the Russian junior league.

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04-05-2012, 12:52 PM
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Oscar Dansk really intrigues me. Was an absolute monster at U18's if I remember correctly. Unfortunately we didn't get to see him at WJHC's which could have shot him up the board if he played well.
Dansk is a good bet if you're looking for someone who might crack the top 10 in the next couple years. I was thinking Subban might be an option this year but now it's much more likely that he'll be selected in the 2nd round then it is the 1st (at least IMO).

Edit: I thought Dansk was a 2013 for some reason. He'll probably be a 2nd round pick this year.

Edit #2: If you want a darkhorse goalie that's already been drafted, Frederik Andersen is your guy


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04-05-2012, 01:00 PM
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I think Subban ends up in the 1st. with the draft supposedly weaker then in other years I'm willing to guess that someone will take him mid 20's.

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04-05-2012, 01:10 PM
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Robin Lehner is Ottawa's guy.

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04-05-2012, 02:51 PM
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I think the term slam dunk and goalie are really hard to put together. Guys like Finlay and Storr are just a few examples of guys were top 10 picks who never amounted to becoming a starting goalie in the NHL, let alone a star. Until they actually get there, it is very hard to predict a "Slam Dunk" which I equate to an above average #1 goalie - so basically one of the top 15 goalies in the world. And the problem with using a high pick on a goalie (versus a skater) is if they don't end up being a great starter, it feels like a failed pick (where as getting a 3rd line forward or 2nd pairing d-man in the 1st round is still not a failed pick per se).

In this draft, the upper tier is clearly Valisevski, Subban and Dansk.

Vasilevski is probably the top rated guy on more lists than the other two, but the KHL risk is very real and won't be ignored. He might be a guy who drops to the 2nd round because of this, although he could also be gone mid-1st. Tough to tell, and a lot will depend on what commitments his agent and he will make during pre-draft interviews. Clearly very talented. He could be a riser in the weeks leading up to the draft if he makes it clear he wants to play in the NHL. Some teams will likely pass on him regardless though, because there is a real bias against both goalies and Russian players in the 1st (justified or not). He has both going against him.

Subban is probably the guy who will go 1st if I had to bet. He is extremely athletic and talented, and given he didn't start playing goalie until he was 12, it is clear he has some untapped upside. I think he will be gone in the 15-25 range, but he could also drop late 1st-early 2nd. He has been arguably the best goalie in the OHL for the last two years.

Dansk is a guy who likely 3rd on the majority of lists, but many seems to think he belongs in the upper tier with Vasilevski and Subban. Could go early in the 2nd round, but a few of the more recent ranks have him in the top 30. Could go late 2nd too. Playing junior in Sweden. I've never seen him play.

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04-05-2012, 02:57 PM
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Bit of a homer pick but Zach Fucale is looking great, he set the qmjhl record for wins as a 16 year old and is currently 4-0 in the playoffs. I think RLR had him 25th overall in their 2013 rankings. Next year will be big for the moosheads and I think he has potential to be the top goalie taken in next year's draft.

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the top goalie this year seems to be Andrei Vasilevski. probably as close as you can get to a slam dunk i guess? he is playing in the KHL, so he's been playing with and against men.
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He's never played in the KHL.
He plays in the MHL, which is the Russian junior league.
i stand corrected....misinformed!

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Would be happy to have any of Markstrom, Lehner or Campbell.

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I'm reluctant about the idea of drafting a goalie in the first round, much less in the top 10 even if they're a "surefire NHL goalie".

That said; Dansk, Vasilevski and Subban might very well manage to squeeze into the last half of the first round this summer. Judging from various rankings my bet would be Dansk if anyone.

As for already drafted goalies, Markström and Lehner will be starters one day, question is when.

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Came to post fucale as well

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Atm the best goalie prospect for me is Markstrom, I am a bit biased but I think he is something very special.

In the upcoming draft, Dansk Intrigues me but Vasilesky is the one I would say is a strong Goalie to bet on. Subban is third in my list.

Frederik Anderson I have heard has broke those records done by Lundqvist so I am curious about him.

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I think you have your better bets in Markstrom, Allen, Lehner as top bets.

Some dark horse goalies I like on AHL squads are Irving, Chad Johnson, Bachman (less dark horse now) and as my super dark horse, Keith Kinkaid who I think has the talent, but needs to work at it alot and may break through really late

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Might not be a Slam Dunk bureally good midget goalie... Payton Lee, played some games with Vancouver Giants...


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Markström, Lehner, Aittokallio, Pickard, Allen, Campbell, Gibson all look like the best drafted ones out there.

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Zach Fucale... Not even a homer pick lol, he's carried Halifax sometimes and set records. One of the top ranked goalies for 2013

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he may not be the best, but I think Scott Wedgewood is pretty good

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Bit of a homer pick but Zach Fucale is looking great, he set the qmjhl record for wins as a 16 year old and is currently 4-0 in the playoffs. I think RLR had him 25th overall in their 2013 rankings. Next year will be big for the moosheads and I think he has potential to be the top goalie taken in next year's draft.
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Zach Fucale... Not even a homer pick lol, he's carried Halifax sometimes and set records. One of the top ranked goalies for 2013
This is what I came to say as well. He's incredibly poised for a 16-year-old goalie. He and Eric Comrie should be the top CHL goalies drafted next year.

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