Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 6/14/12
If anyone doubted the power of goaltending, all they have to do is watch this year's Stanley Cup Finals.  It hasn't been a battle of big offenses, its been a duel between the pipes between future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur and rising star Jonathan Quick.  A good goaltender can neutralize even the best offensive teams and can carry a team to a Stanley Cup championship.  The old drafting axiom is, "never draft a goaltender in the 1st round," but this year's championship shows how that philosophy can be both right and perhaps wrong.  The example in favor of this axiom is Jonathan Quick who was selected in the 3rd round (72nd Overall) in 2005, but in contrast is Martin Brodeur; the goaltender with the most wins in NHL history who was selected by the Devils in the 1st round, 20th Overall in 1990.  There are always goaltenders selected in the first round each year, but they make up a very small minority of the selections as most clubs opt to take goaltenders in later rounds.        The ...
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