“There are 3 goalies available at the end of the 1st round of the draft, that would be ideal for the CH!”🎰
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– 98,5 Sports (@985Sports) May 9, 2023
The Habs have thrown a few lines in the water in recent years, but haven’t managed to do the same.
The result? Carey Price is gone, and I’m bored.
Yes, I just made a subtle reference to the song “Un phoque en Alaska” by Beau Dommage.
Anyway… The Canadiens haven’t found their new flame. Since Zach Fucale (2013), Montreal hasn’t picked a goalie until the fifth round (Dobes and Dichow). It hasn’t rolled the dice on goalies favored by scouts, but rather on obscure goalies for whom the future is more volatile.
That’s why Stéphane Waite believes it’s high time for the Montreal organization to bet on a first-round goaltender at the draft. If the Panthers beat the Leafs to the 29th pick, it would be a perfect opportunity to do so, according to the former goaltending coach.
“It’s time to draft a goalie we know is going to play in the NHL. I can even name you three names the Habs should target in the late first round. Carson Bjarnason, Michael Hrabal and Alexander Hellnemo.”
Okay, a little clarification: we don’t “know” that any of these three goalies will ever make it to the NHL.
In fact, the provenance of a #1 goalie is very unique, and difficult to predict. There’s something for everyone, and almost more aren’t first-rounders than are.
On that note, here’s an excessively interesting read from The Athletic on the subject.
Colleague @ArponBasu has analyzed the data over the past dozen years to understand where number-one goalies come from, how long it takes them to become one, and what this might mean for the CH in the quest for a goalie of the future.https://t.co/TDd2QmZ2pq
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) May 11, 2023
Does that mean we shouldn’t try? Absolutely not, and Stéphane Waite is not wrong in his thinking. After all, we can have as much offensive punch as we want, as we’re seeing with the Maple Leafs right now.
In a gust
– A win-win!
We often hear the term ‘win-win’ in the NHL, but very few trades end up working out for both teams involved.
However, a quick look at Kulak’s great numbers in Edmonton confirms one thing: it was truly a win-win trade for the #Habs and the Oilers.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) May 11, 2023
– In the end…
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