Why do they have legitimate chances at becoming NHL starters? Kinkaid let in some of the softest goals possible in the AHL. Wedgewood is probably 6 foot even, for him to succeed he needs to be miles better then the bigger guys (he could be).
I think too many devils fans are still shell shocked from Ahonen, Damphousse and Frazee.
I'm still shell-shocked going through the list of 1st round goalies. I'll list all of them since 1990 to 2006:
Trevor Kidd, Martin Brodeur, Jocelyn Thibault, Jamie Storr, Eric Fichaud, Evgeni Ryabchikov, Dan Cloutier, J.S. Gigeure, Marc Denis, Brian Boucher, Craig Hillier, Roberto Luongo, Mika Noronen, J.F. Damphousse, Patrick Desrochers, Mathieu Chouinard, Brian Finley, Maxime Oullett, Ari Ahonen, Rick Dipietro, Brent Krahn, Pascal Leclaire, Dan Blackburn, Jason Bacashihua, Adam Munro, Kari Lethonen, Cam Ward, Hannu Toivonen, M.A. Fleury, Al Montoya, Devan Dubnyk, Marek Schwarz, Cory Schneider, Carey Price, Tuukka Rask, Jonathan Bernier, Riku Helenius, Semyon Varlamov, Leland Irving.
Okay, so you've got Brodeur, Luongo, Lethonen, Ward, Price. Gigeure had to go through 2 organizations and MANY years to become excellent. The rest is a mishmash of busts, backups, and backups/1As. Schneider just had a great year, but guess what? He's 26 and a UFA next summer! If he's great, it's still unlikely the Canucks get much of a discount.
Picking a goalie in the first round just doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Furthermore, if you pick a guy and he becomes great, you're not likely to get a discount, because it often takes so long for a goaltender to mature. For Vasilevski, he can always get more money in Russia, so that's a constant threat. For Malcolm Subban, his ELC would start 2 years from now. How much of a savings are you really getting there?
Edited by Triumph, 13 June 2012 - 06:54 PM.