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Through the weeks leading up to draft day, Ron Hextall made it fairly clear that he would be after a goaltender with one of his 10 picks. Hextall acted on those words Saturday morning, selecting goaltender Felix Sandstrom with the 71st overall pick.
Sandstrom is a Swedish goaltender who most recently played in the SHL for Brynas IF. He is a player who was ranked very highly by several analysts, but fell in some rankings because of injury problems that plagued him throughout 2014-15. Below are Sandstrom’s career statistics (via eliteprospects).
My thoughts here are this: goaltenders typically don’t play in the NHL until several years after being drafted. It is also very difficult to project whether or not they will actually pan out at the NHL level. If you have a chance to grab one who might have been chosen earlier had he been healthy during his draft year, it’s never a bad idea to pull the trigger.