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Bad Economy Prompts Goalie Hoarding

I'm sure everyone noticed how fast the goalies went this season. It started a bit slow, with Roy being drafted 6th (his worst since 8th in GDL1) and Belfour being drafted 8th (worst since 7th in GDL5). Fuhr and Potvin as well were a bit late at 32nd and 45th (averaged 20.9 and 34.3 in the past, respectively). Joseph and Barasso were pretty much on pace, but when EvitageN took Essensa with the 3.2 (50th) pick, it started a goalie shortage scare that saw 10 more goalies drafted in the 3rd round.

17 goalies were taken in the first 3 rounds. The most goalies taken in the first 3 rounds before was just 10 in GDL5. 9 goalies were taken in the first 3 rounds in each of the first 4 seasons of the GDL.

Weight Bugging Increases Yet Again

The average weight of the top 72 non-goalies picked has fallen every season since the GDL's inception, and it continued this season, dropping to an all-time low of 6.29 (190.32 lbs)

GDL1: 7.18 (197.44 lbs)

GDL2: 7.01

GDL3: 6.72

GDL4: 6.51

GDL5: 6.40

GDL6: 6.29 (190.32 lbs)

Miscellaneous Facts

Roenick was drafted 1st for the 3rd time. No other player has been drafted 1st more than once.

This was the first season Bourque was not the first defenseman chosen. Sweeney went 17th.

Some "best ever" draft position players:

Mark Recchi, 14th (previous best was 17th).

Don Sweeney, 17th (18th)

Robert Reichel, 26th, (34th)

Denis Savard, 27th (33rd)

Pelle Eklund, 35th (45th)

Some "worst ever" draft position players:

Ed Belfour, 8th (previous worst was 7th).

Ray Bourque, 24th (21st... and he was a "10 pick rule" pick this season!)

Tomas Sandstrom, 37th (31st)

Gary Roberts, 57th (46th)

Gary Suter, 60th (53rd)

Some "better draft position every year" players:

Cam Russell: 157, 157, 111, 109, 102, 61

Mike Richter: 112, 91, 82, 81, 78, 67

Ted Donato: 148, 131, 131, 117, 83, 81

Gary Leeman: (undrafted), 206, 159, 150, 112, 107

Sylvain Cote 184 164 138 134 132 128

Mark Howe 213 175 154 145 137 132

Bruce Driver 205 200 164 137 133 133

Some "worse draft position every year" players:

Ray Bourque 14 15 16 18 21 24

Al Iafrate 34 46 60 80 85 112

Some "way earlier than usual" players (in the top 100):

Gord Hynes, 63rd (avg: 129.5)

Cam Russell, 61st (avg 119.1)

Paul Ysebaert, 75th (124.1)

Ted Donato, 81st (126.5)

Jon Casey, 70th (109.6)

Robert Reichel, 26th (53.2)

Some "way later than usual" players:

Ed Belfour, 8th (3.9)

Mark Messier, 137th (73.6)

Al Iafrate, 112th (60.5)

Pierre Turgeon, 85th (46.8)

Cam Neely, 93rd (52.8)

Tomas Sandstrom, 37th (22.2)

Gary Roberts, 57th (34.5)

Some "really consistent" players:

Bob Essensa G 52 58 56 55 59 50 (std.dev: 3.46)

Calle Johansson D 138 126 139 131 140 163 (std.dev: 3.91)

Gord Murphy D 100 107 108 101 103 114 (std.dev: 1.95)

Adam Graves F 189 166 180 195 187 185 (std.dev: 9.95)

Doug Gilmour F 12 8 13 10 10 9 (std.dev: 1.86)

Steve Larmer F 39 48 39 47 51 41 (std.dev: 5.15)

Some "really inconsistent" players:

Dallas Drake F 156 (undrafted) 67 34 61 35 (std.dev: 46.34)

Don Beaupre G 222 253 114 103 161 108 (std.dev: 64.13)

Jaromir Jagr F 20 37 95 142 96 135 (std.dev: 49.92)

Mark Messier F 55 23 91 72 135 137 (std.dev: 19.82)

Rob Blake D 69 95 107 146 144 182 (std.dev: 40.99)

Scott Stevens D 57 56 71 127 119 119 (std.dev: 33.6)

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I had to grab a Bob E that early because if not my next pick was late 4th round and everyone knows how awful my manual GC is, I would have gone defeated with any goalie named Hrudey or worse than him hahah

Very cool stuff though Smoz, interesting to see how people didn't know the weight bug existed until GDL 3

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I had to grab a Bob E that early because if not my next pick was late 4th round and everyone knows how awful my manual GC is, I would have gone defeated with any goalie named Hrudey or worse than him hahah

Very cool stuff though Smoz, interesting to see how people didn't know the weight bug existed until GDL 3

Yeah, sorry to put the 'blame' just on you :P You were just a tiny bit ahead of the 'expected' schedule, but then Soderstrom was taken really early, then Ranford even earlier.. then it was just chaos!

It'll be interesting to see what happens in GDL7.

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Yeah, sorry to put the 'blame' just on you :P You were just a tiny bit ahead of the 'expected' schedule, but then Soderstrom was taken really early, then Ranford even earlier.. then it was just chaos!

It'll be interesting to see what happens in GDL7.

I was confused as to why Houlanov grabbed Potvin in round 2 then Soderstrom in round 3...

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I was confused as to why Houlanov grabbed Potvin in round 2 then Soderstrom in round 3...

Because he thought he could have some people by the balls and get the players he wanted, but his grand plans backfired :P

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Because he thought he could have some people by the balls and get the players he wanted, but his grand plans backfired :P

i think a lots of players are a lil bit paranoid in this league lawl

interesting offers and others not. so I'm just going to play the card of alternating as some of the NHL teams(stupid but funny lawl). my goal is to have fun. because I will never be a gdl champion.

GL everyone!

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i think a lots of players are a lil bit paranoid in this league lawl interesting offers and others not. so I'm just going to play the card of alternating as some of the NHL teams(stupid but funny lawl). my goal is to have fun. because I will never be a gdl champion.GL everyone!
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lawl!!!

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