The NHL is a great opportunity for players and prospects who have the right personality and work ethic.
But how do you build a team that can compete at the highest level?
The answer is to put a team around a goalie, and for some players that might mean drafting a goalie in the first round or a goaltender in the second.
The NHL has a great history of finding good goaltenders in the late first or second rounds.
The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the first teams to draft a goalie that was a top-tier prospect in the 1990s.
Philadelphia got Frederic Vezina in the seventh round, but it was a trade to get Jaroslav Halak in the third round.
The Flyers used the trade to snag Ilya Bryzgalov in the fourth round, who would go on to be the NHL’s most valuable goalie for the next decade.
The New Jersey Devils selected Matt Murray in the sixth round, a guy who has since become the NHL all-time leader in wins (956) and shutouts (10) and has played more games (869) than any other goalie.
The Devils selected Martin Brodeur in the ninth round, the same guy who helped lead the Devils to a Stanley Cup championship in 2013.
He’s the goalie that New Jersey uses on a nightly basis, and it has paid off in big ways.
Brodeu is now a Norris Trophy finalist and a two-time Vezana Trophy finalists.
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Patrick Roy in the tenth round in a trade for Matt Murray, a prospect who had a strong career before being traded to the Rangers.
Roy went on to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL player of the year and his numbers haven’t changed much.
Murray has also had a tough time keeping up with the pace of the game, and he’s struggled mightily with injuries.
But Murray is now 34, has a career .919 save percentage, has one more year left on his contract and is under contract through 2019-20.
If Murray continues to play well, he could be a great backup for a goalie who is also an elite goalie.
If not, Murray has a chance to make a great case for the Vezany Award, which goes to the NHL Most Valuable Player.
This isn’t a knock on Murray, but the goal of the award is to recognize the best goaltenders, not to be biased.
He has the potential to be a top goalie in this league, and if he stays healthy, he will have a great chance to earn that nomination.
Murray was born in Norway, and his family moved to Edmonton when he was a baby.
Murray’s father played for the Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues, so he had the opportunity to learn from the best in the world.
Murray also grew up watching a lot of hockey.
He was an avid fan of the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
Murray played at the University of Alberta in Canada for two seasons before turning pro in 2014-15.
He had a career save percentage of .914, and was the first goaltender in program history to win a Grey Cup.
Murray then played four seasons at Boston University, which led the NCAA in wins and shutout totals.
Murray spent a few seasons with the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins before he signed with the New Jersey Islanders.
Murray, 26, signed a one-year contract extension through 2019, so it’s likely that he’ll be looking for a long-term deal.
Murray started the season with the Islanders, and after two games on his first shift he was on the ice for the opening goal of their 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
After that, Murray got the start in his place for three games before being recalled to start the final two games of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Murray had a great season, posting a .921 save percentage in six games, and then was recalled to the Isles on March 8 for the final four games of their regular season.
Murray made his NHL debut in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado on March 11, and the next night he had a goal and an assist against the Colorado Avalanche.
Murray continued his solid play, and went on the shelf with a lower-body injury the next day.
Murray did not return to the lineup for the playoffs, but he did play the next three games and then played in the Stanley Cup Finals, posting two goals and an assists in the series.
Murray went on an amazing run, recording a goal in each of the Islanders first three games of this series against the Penguins, and notching his second hat trick in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bruins.
Murray scored his second goal of his career in Game 7 of the Stanley Censor’s Cup Final against the New York Islanders on April 1, but was held off the scoresheet in the final seconds of the third period