taking goalies in the 1st rd. is a gamble, an article the hockey news magazine got me thinking after reading this:
(1) of the original six teams goalies that played more than 200 gms with the team this is base on 49 drafts.
Boston pick only 2 goalies both did not play more then 200
Detroit pick 3 and only one played more than 200 gms.
Chicago picked 3 and only one played more than 200 gms.
NYR picked three and only one played more than 200 gms.
Montreal picked 5 goalies and 4 played more than 200gms.
Toronto picked 2 and only 1 played more than 200 gms.
Boston 2 goalies I can figure out one Hannan Tovonen i am not sure of second one but i am guessing Bernie Parent when the first expansion draft took place Philly picked him up after Boston did not expand his contract. We all know what Bernie did in Philly.
(2) only LA CAR COL NYI WSH had 2 for 2 goalies that played 200 or more gms for their team
(3) The top % of teams that picked goalies that managed to played more than 200 gms for them are Mtl 80% Buffalo 75% and STL 67% this is based on picking a goalie 1st 3 or more times.
Do you think picking a goalie 1st is risk factor?
My thoughts on this is goalies will usually go deeper in the draft before being picked unless they are the sure thing and I think it is easier waiting to trade for a good goalie instead of taking a chance on a 1st rd.draft.