NHL Draft Team Performance: Goalie Edition

Earlier this week one of my earlier posts got a lot of love. The feedback I received was great but a lot of people asked about Goalies since they were not included in the original set of analysis. Well here you go…..

Keep in mind this is players drafted only between 1997 and 2010. Although game stats are include from 1998 to the end of the 2013-2014 season. I only had draft data back to 1997 and it did not seem right to include kids that were drafted in the last few years as only a few of them are starting to break in to the NHL.

NHL Team Draft PerformanceGoaliesDraft Years: 1997 - 2010              Game Stats: 1998 - 2014
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Drafting goalies seems tough but there is also a reality that there are very few jobs to be had in the NHL.

Here is the draft success by team:

  Interesting findings:

  • The Flyers have drafted the most goalies from 1997 to 2010 with 20 different goalies drafted. Antero Niittymaki and Roman Cechmanek were the only goalies to play in the NHL
  • Cory Schneider was the only goalie drafted by Vancouver that played in the NHL…that’s one game or more.
  • Islanders had the best success with drafting goalies although it was only two goalies that make up most of the average: DiPietro and Luongo.
  • Bargain hunters: Ottawa and Montreal drafted the only 9th round goalies to play more than 20 games in the NHL: Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. (Side note, the NHL Entry draft only goes 7 rounds now).