imagine if the wild took price at number four instead of beniot.... i know priceer personally and he said the wild staff was talking him alot and he thouhgt he was going there forshure.... he was just as shocked as the rest of us when he got picked by montreal..... but could u imagine the goalie depth we would have....
I have been pretty impressed with the Wild scouting thus far. I hope that they made the right decision on this one. Price would be great to have but I am satisfied with Beniot. They picked up a good back up this past offseason and I think that we are doing ok in the goalie department. Goalies are a weird thing. They remind me of a pitcher in baseball and how streaky they can be. I think they are a bigger risk than a skater.
Goalies are a weird thing. They remind me of a pitcher in baseball and how streaky they can be. I think they are a bigger risk than a skater.
Just going off of recent drafts, goalies don't seem to be that more "risky" in terms of whether or not they're busts compared to skaters. I think the difference is, unless the goalie becomes a top tier starter, you might feel like he was a wasted pick. A first round skater that becomes a decent 3rd line guy/2nd pairing D--the Radek Bonks, Mike Rathjes, etc--you feel like you're getting some value out of it.
Here are the goalies taken in the first round in the 1990s, and the next 5 skaters taken after them:
1990: Trevor Kidd - Turner Stevenson, Michael Stewart, Brad May, Mark Greig, Karl Dykhuis. Kidd might not have had a stellar career, but neither did the guys that got picked behind him.
1990: Martin Brodeur - Bryan Smolinksi, Bryan Hughes, Jiri Slegr, David Harlock, Chris Simon. No regrets from this Devils' fan.
1991/92: No first round goalies.
1993: Jocelyn Thibault - Brendan Witt, Kenny Jonsson, Denis Pederson, Adam Deadmarsh, Mats Lindgren. Jonsson had a better NHL career, Deadmarsh would have had a better NHL career, and Witt has been steady. Thibault was an okay pick.
1994: Jamie Storr - Jason Wiemer, Brett Lindros, Nolan Baumgartner, Jeff Friesen, Wade Belak. The Kings messed up Storr's development IMO. Even though Storr didn't pan out, only Friesen had an above average NHL career of the guys picked after him.
1994: Eric Fichaud - Wayne Primeau, Brad Brown, Chris Dingman, Jason Botterill, Jeff Kealty. Sad when you can say that Wayne Primeau had the best career out of that bunch.
1994: Evgeni Ryabchikov - Kealty, Yan Golubovsky, Chris Wells, Vadim Sharifjanov, Rhett Warrener. Warrener was solid, those other four not so much.
1994: Dan Cloutier - Warrener, Johan Davidsson, Stan Neckar, Deron Quint, Jason Podollan. Despite his reputation, Cloutier has had an okay NHL career for a late first rounder.
1995: J.S. Giguere - Jay McKee, Jeff Ware, Brad Church, Petr Sykora, Dmitri Nabokov. Took a few years and a couple organizations, but Giguere panned out fine.
1995: Martin Biron - Church, Sykora, Nabokov, Denis Gauthier, Sean Brown. Again, not the worst pick given who was available.
1996: Craig Hillier - Daniel Briere, Peter Ratchuk, Jesse Wallin, Cory Sarich, Pavel Skrbek. '96 was just a bad draft, though Briere obviously sticks out.
1997: Roberto Luongo - Eric Brewer, Daniel Tkaczuk, Paul Mara, Sergei Samsonov, Nick Boynton. Solid pick.
1997: Mika Noronen - Nikos Tselious, Scott Hannan, Brendan Morrow, Kevin Grimes, Ben Clymer. Was a top prospect for awhile, but was stuck behind Hasek, then Biron, then Miller.
1997: J.F. Damphousse - Morrow, Grimes, Clymer, Brad DeFauw, Scott Barney. Morrow would have looked nice as a Devil. Clymer has had an average NHL career, the other three were busts for one reason or another.
1998: Patrick DesRochers/Mathieu Chouinard - Eric Chouinard, Martin Skoula, Dmitri Kalinin, Robyn Regehr, Scott Parker. The three D turned out to be productive, but the two forwards weren't.
1999: Brian Finley - Kris Beech, Taylor Pyatt, Jamie Lundmark, Branislav Mezei, Oleg Saprykin. Bust, but all five guys picked behind him did nothing for their original organizations either.
1999: Maxime Ouellet - Steve McCarthy, Luca Cereda, Mikhail Kuleshov, Martin Havlat, Kristian Kudroc - Behind Ouellet, there is one All-Star calibre player, one guy still trying be a regular NHLer, and three busts.
1999: Ari Ahonen - Michal Sivek, Luke Sellars, Charlie Stephens, Mike Ryan, Jonas Andersson. God I wish we could have traded Ahonen in 2001 when he had value. But the five guys taken behind him didn't have notable pro careers either.