-- Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be goaltenders.
Well maybe we're getting a little carried away here. But when Vancouver Canucks
goaltender Roberto Luongo
was quizzed about the fact that there were no goalies selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft for only the second time since 1992, he had an interestingly offbeat thought.
"Really. No goalies. Wow!" Luongo said. "All I can say is I guess mamas weren't delivering good goalies in 1991. Certainly not like 1979 (the year Roberto was born)."
Since 1992, the only other year there wasn't a netminder taken in the first round was 2007.
"There's no trend whatsoever," said St. Louis Blues
President John Davidson
, a former goaltender himself. "It's cyclical. Just like there were no players in the first round from the Czech Republic or Finland and only one from Russia.
"Our scouts tell me next year there are going to be a bunch of top-flight goalies."
Detroit Red Wings
GM Ken Holland, who started his career in hockey as a
goalie, dismissed the thought that no goaltenders in the first round might be a trend.
"Not at all," Holland said. "We said going in that it was just a real good year for skaters. Very, very deep in forwards and defensemen."
"It's cyclical. Just like there were no players in the first round from the Czech Republic or Finland and only one from Russia. Our scouts tell me next year there are going to be a bunch of top-flight goalies.""
-- St. Louis Blues President John Davidson
GM Jim Rutherford, another former goalie, also dismissed the lack of puck-stoppers taken on the first day of the 2009 Draft.
"To me, the trend of the first round was that more teams picked for needs," Rutherford said. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves, I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple or three goalies come in the second round."
The names likely to pop off the board in the second round come from a group headed by Olivier Roy
of Cape Breton, Edward Pasquale
of Saginaw, J.F. Berube of Montreal and Robin Lehner
of Frolunda in Sweden.
A trend? No way.
"All I know is whenever I go to see a goalie prospect, I see a tremendous athlete … with size," New York Islanders
GM Garth Snow
said. "I had size, but the goalies today all seem to be great athletes.
"Don't try to create some kind of conspiracy theory on no goalies on the first day of the draft."