Which is why I am surprised the Devils haven't started planning for this years ago.
As much as Lou is a genius as a GM, not planning for this has the potential of being perhaps his greatest folly in his career.
Lou has been planning for this....it's not his fault that the goalies the organization drafted over the years never had a shot to break into the NHL (because of Marty's dominance). Ahonen...Clemmensen....Frazee....and now Wedgewood and Clermont. Lou has kept his fair share of goaltending prospects on-hand. Goalies can be hit or miss, and people criticize the Devils for ignoring the position beyond Brodeur or for not preparing for the future after Brodeur, but in reality, the goalies the Devils had in the wings just never had a legitimate shot at at being on the Devils with Marty playing so often, aside from Clemmensen's brief stint as a starter when Brodeur was hurt. Soon, guys like Wedgewood, Clermont, and Kinkaid will have an opportunity here.
They drafted 2 goalies in the 1st round, one more in the 2nd, and none of them have panned out. They also drafted Scott Clemmensen ages ago, who didn't really pan out either. In 2010 they drafted 2 goalies and signed another in 2011. The larger issue is having 2 goalies, one of whom could get hurt, and the other could be bad because of age. But then you look at a team like St. Louis who had two goalies last year, one good and the other great, both in the prime of their careers, and now this year both are horrible. Goaltending is damn near impossible to predict.
Is it really fair to say they didn't pan out? It's not like any goalies the team has drafted since Brodeur were ever given an NHL opportunity.
Edited by JWomp, 07 March 2013 - 02:10 PM.