Top NHL draft prospects: Top 10 goaltenders – ESPN

NHL teams aren’t using first-round picks on goaltenders like they used to. Will Boston University’s Jake Oettinger reverse the trend in the 2017 draft? 

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The 2017 NHL draft class is one without the fanfare of the prior two seasons due to the lack of bona fide elite prospects at the very top of the class. That doesn’t mean the class is devoid of talent, but everything gets shifted downward without a player like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews for the taking.

Corey Pronman ranks the top 100 skaters and top 10 goalies available in the 2017 NHL draft:

When it comes to the guys with the cool masks standing in front of the nets, this year’s goalie class is about average.

Top goalie prospect Jake Oettinger is projected to be a high second-round pick, with a chance of sneaking into the first round. Most of the industry has rallied behind Oettinger, but I think Michael DiPietro is a reasonable choice as the top goaltender as well.

One of the biggest wild cards of the entire draft class is Daniil Tarasov, who could be argued into the top two on my board — or could go in the seventh round. Here are my top 10 goalies, along with some honorable mentions:


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