Projecting how goalies will go on draft day is far tougher than the other positions. Last year everybody had the U.S. National Team Development Program's Jack Campbell as the top goaltending prospect, and some teams would have looked at him in the top five overall. (Central Scouting had Campbell at No. 2 in their North American goalie rankings but they were pretty well alone on that count.) The second G drafted, Mark Visentin of Niagara, went 27th overall to Phoenix and that caught everybody by surprise. The North American goaltender ranked highest by Central, Cal Pickard, went 49th overall to Colorado. Go figure.
Draft-eligible goaltenders often don't emerge until the second half of a season. Some go under the radar entirely, serving as infrequently played back-ups -- Steve Mason was a great example of that, getting only a handful of games with London in his draft year.
Right now it looks like there's a drop-off after three elite goaltending prospects, but that's subject to change. Check that: At this position we'd be surprised if it didn't change.
Here are the top five goaltending prospects:
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