The way I see it, it takes a while to get any goalie prospect to get to Corys' level of goal tending.
Cory was the 26 overall draft pick on draft day years back and while 26th overall and top 5 in draft have major differences in talent level, we have to consider two factors.
1. Development time of any goalie.
Unless you draft a top 5 first round pick right off the bat, odds are, you'll have to take at least 5 years to develop one. So if you really want a bloody goalie, good luck trying to get one in this day and age because I doubt there are too many goalie prospects out there who are NHL ready.
2. The possibility of the top 5 pick being a bust
Cory has proven that he is not a bust. The top 5 guy who has never played in the NHL though, that's a different story.
You can always say that the top 5 pick is going to be "An impact player right off the bat"...and what Cory isn't?
The way I see it, Cory is worth a top 5 pick if not because of talent level, then because of the current NHL market which is not exactly abundant of top notch starters right now.
Edited by Sandro17, 23 March 2012 - 10:41 AM.