The one thing more challenging than picking the Stanley Cup finalists – we’re looking at you, Winnipeg and Tampa Bay – is projecting which draft-eligible goalies are going to turn into stars or even NHL regulars. It’s a risky proposition that has scouts, and by connection Draft Preview through the years, wrong a lot more often than right.
Take a look at the goalies who made it through the first round of this year’s very strange NHL playoffs. We see a lot of late-round draft gems, which is a theme in our NHL team stories in Draft Preview. Two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was a late birthday available in the 2007 draft. He played just eight games that season for Metallurg in Russia, wasn’t on any scout’s radar and went undrafted. The NHL didn’t notice him until he was 21 and P...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.