Nation Network Prospect Profiles: A Statistical Look at Draft Eligible Goalies

Josh W
June 26 2015 10:00AM

"Goalies are Voodoo." 

This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community.  While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and nearly every goalie has their own unique development path.

Because of the difficulty in predicting goalies from such a young age it is oft-suggested to not use your draft picks on a goalie.  You can often select a cheap, average goalie from free agency, European leagues or the NCAA.  Because of the difficulty and the better options elsewhere I am oft in this camp.

The downside of not drafting a goaltender is that you are not likely to find an elite goaltender such as the Roberto Luongos, Carey Prices, or Henrik Lundqivst's of the world.  Should your team try and draft a goalie, despite the area being harder to predict, there are still some analytical rules you should follow.

Let's take a look at a few of 2015's most interesting goalie prospects after the jump.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 20: The Draftening

Rhys Jessop
June 26 2015 09:30AM

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Garret and Rhys return this week to break down the 2015 entry draft by profiling a whole ton of draft eligible player, and look at where they may have gone wrong in their personal draft rankings.

Join us after the jump (or on iTunes!) for a detailed look at 2015's top prospects.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 26 2015 06:00AM

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New salary cap and it's effect on teams, Mark Giordano's asking price, a fight between two first overall picks, Bieksa, Lucic, Bozak, McDavid and all the draft and trade news you can handle in this week's Roundup.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #3 Dylan Strome

money puck
June 25 2015 06:03PM

Being a fan of your hometown team can be a bit of a thankless job at times, but sometimes your loyalty gets rewarded in spades. Such was the case with fans of the Erie Otters the last couple years, as they have been treated with being able to watch the development of both generational talent, Connor McDavid, but also the emergence of Dylan Strome, who's set to become a franchise center for one lucky team. 

I'll break down Strome's draft year after the jump. 

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Report: Jets, Drew Stafford still engaged in contract extension talks

Thomas Drance
June 25 2015 05:55PM

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It's looking increasingly likely that the Winnipeg Jets will lose Michael Frolik in unrestricted free agency, but they're reportedly doing what they can to keep middle-six winger Drew Stafford in the fold, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

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