TORONTO, ONT. -- With our mid-term skater rankings for both the '01 and '02 age groups released, we're following up with an announcement of our release date for our goaltender rankings before the end of each season.
'01 Goaltender Rankings: Monday March 27th, 2017
'02 Goaltender Rankings: Monday April 24th, 2017
These release dates will preface the final rankings for the skaters in each age group, which can be found here.
Why are they separate?
While there's certainly a case to be made for including goalies with the skaters, we prefer to separate them due to the unique nature of the position. As we outlined in our Minor Midget preliminary rankings for goaltenders, there are discernible trends on where goaltenders are selected; but ultimately, those are somewhat contingent on team needs relative to where they're picking in the draft.
Whereas many teams will make a pick based on the "Best Player Available", you'll rarely see teams allocate high draft picks to goaltenders two years in a row. It's all about asset management, which is why we choose to rank the goaltenders separately, while also identifying a potential round range we would allocate to them.
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