Ranking the top goaltenders at the NHL Draft (10-6)
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will feature some of the most sought after talent in more than a decade with names such as Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin, Dylan Strome, and Mitch Marner available.
Just because the top-tier of players available in the draft are either forwards or defensemen doesn't mean a team can't nab a suitable goaltender to add to its depth charts.
Let's take a look at the netminders ranked 10 through six that teams could look to as future stoppers between the pipes.
10. Denis Godla, Bratislava Slovan, KHL
Godla made quite an impression at the World Junior Championship in the Slovakian net posting a 2.76 GAA with a .926 save percentage in seven appearances.
The youngster left a lasting impression on the crowd at the juniors after making 39 saves against a stacked Canadian squad.
Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects had the following to say about "Godzilla."
An athletic goaltender who will give you everything he's got, no matter what the score is, and doesn't get rattled easily. Has very good focus in net and tracks the puck very well. Good lateral movement and an active goal stick. All-in-all, a goalie who focuses on taking shots one at a time, and stopping every one that he can.
9. Ryan Larkin, Cedar Rapids, USHL
The 18-year-old has just one season under his belt with Cedar Rapids, but he played well earning a record of 15-10-0 with a GAA of 2.43 in 28 contests.
NHL Central Scouting had him ranked sixth among North American goaltenders in April after being ranked 20th when the organization released their mid-term rankings, so his stock has been on the rise.
His brother Adam played defense for Yale University in 2014-15 and his cousin Dylan is kind of a big deal in the Detroit Red Wings organization.
8. Matej Tomek, Topeka, NAHL
The Slovakian import was impressive for the Roadrunners in the regular season, earning a GAA of 1.83 to go along with his 24-7-2 record.
He wasn't near as good in the World Junior Under-18 in 2013-14 with a 4.29 GAA in three games for his country, but the 18-year-old is still a netminder to watch, according to ESPN's Corey Pronman.
After being a top prospect in the Slovak program for a few years, Tomek came to North America this season to play in the NAHL (a tier below the USHL in quality of competition), where he was dominant. He's very athletic for a man his size, and while he still has room to fill out in his frame, his athleticism and size are notable. He is gifted in his movements and stays composed. The issue with Tomek isn't one of a glaring hole as much as the quality of opponents; his puck-tracking and hockey sense haven't been truly tested at the NAHL level. He has committed to play at North Dakota in 2015-16.
7. Adin Hill, Portland, WHL
The Portland Winterhawks netminder had a monster year for his squad in the WHL, earning 31 wins and a save percentage of .921.
NHL Central Scouting had him tabbed as the ninth-best North American goalie when it released its mid-term rankings, but his outstanding regular season combined with a great run through the WHL playoffs should bump up his position in the draft.
6. Daniel Vladar, Topeka, NAHL
Vladar is massive.
The Czech goaltender stands 6-foot-5, weighs 185 pounds and is only 17 years old.
His numbers for HC Kladno weren't sparkling, but the raw product and ability is there for any franchise willing to take a chance with the netminder.
He's also responsible for creating this amazing GoPro video of himself.
NHL Central Scouting tabbed him as the second best goaltender outside of North America in its April rankings and TSN's Bob McKenzie even has him as the third netminder leaving the draft board behind only Ilya Samsonov and Mackenzie Blackwood.
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