If you can believe it, there used to be a time when NHL teams drafted goalies with top-three picks. It’s true. Marc-Andre Fleury was the last netminder to claim such a distinction when the Pittsburgh Penguins nabbed him with the No. 1 overall selection in 2003. Three years prior, Rick DiPietro was the first player off the board when the New York Islanders opened up the draft in 2000.
But these days, you’re lucky to see a goalie taken in the first 31 selections – and you’re certainly not going to see one go in the top 10. So what happened? From the sounds of it, NHL teams were tired of getting burned. “DiPietro, Dan Blackburn, Jack Campbell, so many guys didn’t make it, and there are only two on a team, so you’ve wasted that pick,” said one NHL executive. “It’s not like missing on a forwar...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.