The only two goalies the Leafs have ever drafted in the first round are Eric Fichaud and Tuuka Rask. This makes sense, because goalies are often the most difficult position to anticipate effectively. The Maple Leafs may as well get someone they can develop into a long-term solution rather than looking for a quick fix at the start of their career.
Fichaud was drafted ninth overall in 2003 while Rask was selected tenth by Boston in 2014. Both players ended up being very successful in the NHL. Fichaud played all 82 games his first season while Rask started slow but finished strong with a.928 save percentage in 2015-16.
Toronto has also drafted two other goaltenders in the second round. Jason Bacashiho was selected twelfth overall in 2013 while Garret Sparks was chosen thirteenth by Winnipeg in 2014. Neither player has been able to break into the NHL yet. Bacashiho was traded to Calgary before appearing in an NHL game while Sparks is currently serving a suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.
In addition to these four netminders, there have been thirteen other goalies selected during the draft era (1980-present). Only three of them (Dominik Hasek, Martin Brodeur, and Roberto Luongo) have won the Stanley Cup.
The Leafs would have to lose their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in order to win the first overall pick. So, if the Leafs lose their first-round series against Columbus, they have a one-in-eight chance of picking first overall. If they win their series, then they have a one-in-four chance of picking first.
Overall, these are very small chances but they are not zero either. If the playoffs started today, the Leafs would be the third-best team in terms of odds to pick first overall behind only the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
However, things can change quickly in the NHL draft order. If another team makes moves (like possibly trading for the No. 1 pick) or loses more games than expected, then the Leafs could end up with the top pick.
In fact, there was a time when everyone thought the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to pick first overall in the 2009 draft. After all, why would you want to pick second when you could pick first? However, that didn't happen due to injuries and lack of production from young players. In the end, the Colorado Avalanche picked Nathan MacKinnon first overall while the Maple Leafs selected Tyler Biggs at two-thirty-fourth.
So, yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs can win the lottery. But it's very unlikely.
The Maple Leafs' first draft choice in the NHL amateur draft was also their first Brad Boyes—a first-round pick who would not play for the Leafs until the conclusion of his career. Because this post is already rather lengthy, you may read it here: TSN.ca.
The Maple Leafs have never had another first-round selection until now. The 2015 draft will be the first time that they have been able to select at number one since 2009 when they selected Tyler Biggs from West Virginia University. Before then, the Maple Leafs did not qualify as an expansion team and thus could not select until the end of the first round.
Biggs played three seasons with the Maple Leafs before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in a package deal that sent Dion Phaneuf to Toronto. He has since become a key piece on the Colorado defense and is expected to be a mainstay there for years to come.
Other notable names from that year's draft include Connor McDavid (second overall by the Edmonton Oilers) and Jack Eichel (first overall by the Buffalo Sabres). Both players are expected to be future stars for their respective teams.
Rk Player Goalie Stats From To W 1 2014-2016 32 Goalies' Table 77 2 1998, 1998 0 3 Frederik Andersen Askey, Tom 2017 - 2017: 21 Bernier, Jonathan Quick
There have been 32 goalies who have played at least one game for the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Miller is the all-time leader with 77 games saved behind him. Jonas Hiller is second with 42 saves saved in 2015-2016. Frederik Andersen has started 21 games this season and has a record of 11-5-5 with a 2.13 goals against average and.924 save percentage.
Andersen was drafted by the Ducks in 2008 after playing two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent three years in Anaheim before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2011. After one season with the Avalanche, he signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks but was eventually traded back to the Ducks during the 2013-2014 season. He is now in his third season with the Ducks and is expected to be their starting goalie next year too.
Other notable goaltenders who have played for the Ducks include Jean Sebastien Giguere, Grant Standbrook, Jason Bacashihua, and Cam Ward.