Before we begin, a quick question for the class. In the last 20 years, how many full-time NHL goaltenders have the Colorado Avalanche drafted and developed on their own?
The correct answer would be…one. That goalie was Peter Budaj, drafted in the second round, all the way back in 2001. While Budaj was never able to establish himself as a full-time starting goaltender, he did carve out a very long career as a dependable backup for several teams in the NHL. Between 1998 and 2015, the Avs drafted 16 goaltenders, with Budaj being the one big success story.