Greatest Players Drafted – 21st Overall

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Tuukka Rask

Drafted: 21st overall (1st round), 2005, Toronto Maple Leafs
Amateur Team: Ilves
Born: March 10th, 1987 in Savonlinna, Finland
Position: Goaltender
Teams: BOS
Number: 40
Catches: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                   Playoffs

GP: 449                                  GP: 65
Wins: 238                               Wins: 35
Losses: 137                           Losses: 30
T/OT/SO: 53                           Save %: .924
Save %: .922                          GAA: 2.25
GAA: 2.26                              Shutouts: 5
Shutouts: 41                          Minutes: 4,137
Minutes: 25,773                     

Awards/Honours

1x Stanley Cup Champion
1x Vezina Trophy winner
1x NHL First All-Star Team
1x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Kevin Lowe (1979, EDM)

This was a close one. Kevin Lowe had a long, distinguished career, and was a major cog in the Oilers dynasty. But Rask is in the middle of a very impressive career of his own. He’s going to hit 400 wins before it’s all over, unless something with him or with Boston goes horribly wrong. While his stats over the last three seasons aren’t nearly as good as they were the previous three, there was only a sharp drop at the start, and they’ve been consistent or slightly improving since. And we’ve seen solid play well into the latter stages of their careers from plenty of goaltenders over the years. No reason to think he won’t pad his resume substantially between now and whenever he retires.