Daniel Tiffany’s 2021 NHL Draft Goaltender Rankings

Nick Richard

2021-07-19

Daniel Tiffany

The 2021 NHL Draft is finally almost here. It has been a long, crazy road to get to this point. After hours and months of hard work, I have compiled my complete ranking of the draft eligible goaltenders. Looking back on past drafts, I took into consideration how many goalies have been drafted each year but there always seems to be a few “off the radar” picks. That being said, I have divided 25 goaltenders into five tiers with notes on each netminder in tiers one through four . The fifth and final tier is players on the bubble of being drafted in the later rounds or not being drafted at all. I do not have full confidence in the bubble guys being drafted, but would not be surprised to hear a few of their names called. It has been a crazy season with the Covid-19 pandemic and many of these players didn’t even have a chance to play. Naturally, there’s going to be some unpredictability that comes with that for the upcoming draft.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the rankings…

Tier 1 (Round 1)

Jesper Wallstedt – It’s no secret who the top rated goalie in this year’s draft is – Jesper Wallstedt is more than likely a top 10 pick. He spent his entire draft year playing for Luleå in the SHL putting up impressive numbers and looking comfortable against men. His technique and composure give him the ability to make difficult saves look easy.

Sebastian Cossa – Cossa came into the season on the border between being a first and second round pick. His short but stellar season in the WHL makes him a much safer bet to be the second of two goalies taken in the first round. His size is the first thing that stands out, but don’t let that fool you, he can make the athletic, flashy saves. Cossa has a great understanding of his depth in net and knows when and how to use certain save selections.

Tier 2 (Rounds 2-3)

Benjamin Gaudreau – Unfortunately for the talented Gaudreau, he did not have a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Gaudreau shined at the IIHF U18 Worlds and helped guide Canada to gold. Some view him as a first round talent and he may very well be, but with only a small sample size from this year, it is a safe bet to assume he will go in the second round. He impressed me a lot with his athleticism and his ability to battle when the play breaks down.

Kirill Gerasimyuk – He’s not Askarov level, but the SKA organization has produced another talented netminder in Gerasimyuk who was under siege in most games for the SKA-Varyagi team and still managed to put up really good numbers. He’s got size and when he drops in the butterfly he has good positioning to take away a lot of net.

Tristan Lennox – Another goalie robbed of a season, Lennox was unable to showcase any of his talents this year and being a late ’02, he was not eligible for the U18 tournament. That being said, Lennox has a lot of potential with good size and understanding of how to use it in the net.

Alexei Kolosov – Kolosov is an overager who flew up draft boards this year with his impressive showing in both the Belarussian top league and, more importantly, the KHL. Kolosov also played in four games at the World Championship for Belarus and looked more than comfortable against men. He is an athletic goalie, isn’t afraid to challenge, and takes away as much net as he can at 6-1. Kolosov will cross the pond next season and suit up for the Erie Otters in the OHL.

Tier 3 (Rounds 4-5)

Semyon Vyazovoy – For some reason, there hasn’t been a lot of draft buzz surrounding Vyazovoy. He is a very athletic goalie who is technically sound. He knows when and how to use certain techniques for certain saves. There’s a lot of potential in Vyazov