lemieuxReturns wrote:If Subban is available at the draft, do the pens take him in the first round? Some projections have him as high as 10th, but it is entirely possible that he is available when the pens pick.
I hope not, and it has nothing to do with Subban. I read an article last month that provided a significant argument that drafting a goalie high is a wasteful pick because of the extreme unpredictability of goaltenders. They backed it up with a lot of highly drafted busts, and supported it with the number of goalies drafted late that have panned out.
Personally, I feel like most teams tend to rush goalies that are drafted high. While you can certainly get young forwards and defensemen that are NHL-ready, it's extremely rare for a goalie... so when a team uses a high pick on one, they are showing very high expectations. In turn, this usually leads to inappropriate time for the goalie to develop. Alternatively, when a team drafts a goalie late they typically do so with no real expectations. This means that goalie is given all the time they need to fully develop.
If I were GMRS, I'd be more inclined to target guys like Linus Ullman
or Roman Will
a bit later in the draft. Focus more on improving depth on the wings early on.