BY: Alan Bass

The most important position on an NHL team is the goaltender. A goaltender can make a mediocre team into the 2005-06 Edmonton Oilers and can turn a great team into the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques.

One of the toughest jobs for an NHL scouting department is to get a good read on a young goaltender.

Some goalies have had incredible junior careers (see Dan Blackburn), while others have been drafted later and went on to have solid NHL careers (see Patrick Roy).