thought it would be interesting to go back and list all the supposed blue chip prospects that were drafted. I'll base it from 2010 back(Even that is a little too early). I'll just base in on Goalies taken in 1st Round & some early 2nd rdrs and go back to 2004 as that seems to be a good length.
From this we can get an idea of the journey(how long it takes) and/or if the chances are really that great a so called blue chipper becomes a top NHL goalie.
2010 - Jack Campbell, Mark Visentin
2009 - Mikko Koskinen(1st pick in 2nd rd)
2008 - Chet Pickard, Thomas McCollum, Jacob Markstrom(1st pick in 2nd rd)
2007 - Joel Gistedt(6th pick in 2nd rd)
2006 - Jonathan Bernier, Riku Helenius, Semyon Varlamov, Leland Irving,
Michal Neuvirth(4th pick in 2nd rd)-
2005 - Carey Price, Tuukka Rask, (2nd rdrs: Tyler Plante, Jeff Frazee, Ondrej Pavelec)
2004 - Al Montoya,Devan Dubnyk, Marek Schwarz, Cory Schneider(2nd rdrs: David Shantz, Justin Peters
My thoughts are while the fair majority havent really panned out(or the jury is still out on) the few that have took sometime.
TRask - 7 years? Finally gets his real chance this year.
Cory Schneider - 8 years?
Devan Dubnyk - 8 years - Not confirmed or proven #1 yet.
JBernier - 6 years and not closer to an opportunity.
And for Rask and Schneider this is just the beginning. They really havent proven anything yet(Ditto for Dubnyk)
Then you have the Montoyas, Schwarz(bust) and even Irving who people held onto so long based on their blue chip status.
I dunno maybe Eric is on to something?
Last edited by sparrowtrini; 01-03-2013 at 06:01 PM.