Playing goalie in the NHL is one of the most difficult jobs in all of sports. For that reason, drafting a goalie is such a tricky and important proposition. Often, it takes years for a goalie to fully develop, which makes it difficult to judge when to select a goalie.
The fortunes of a team often rest on the goalie. A goalie, unfairly or not, often gets the lion’s share of the blame in most losses. For that reason, a goalie needs to be much more than just physical skills. They have to prove that they have the mental toughness needed to handle the ups and downs of the job as well as the intense pressure. Pitchers, kickers and quarterbacks are the only other positions in sports where a player can go from hero to bum as quickly as a goalie can.
Last week, we went over the best draft steals of all time for position players.
Now, we will dive into the list of goalies who turned into draft steals