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GKJ 06-23-2012 09:15 AM

Pick #45 - Anthony Stolarz, Goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL)
 
2nd round pick, KILL IT WITH FIRE

BillyShoe1721 06-23-2012 09:19 AM

6'5", 200 and the kid is only 18. Wow, that's absolutely huge for a goalie.

Roo Mad Bro 06-23-2012 09:20 AM

4th ranked goalie, I guess.

Flukeshot 06-23-2012 09:20 AM

Biggest player taken in the draft so far and he's a goalie lol.

LePalle 06-23-2012 09:21 AM

Really wanted us to pick Frk....I don't really get why we go for a goalie with this pick. :(

orange is better 06-23-2012 09:22 AM

I guess That's not a bad pick. NAHL prospects always make me leery for some reason though.

MiamiScreamingEagles 06-23-2012 09:22 AM

His Twitter -- http://twitter.com/StolieTheGoalie

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Expected to play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA, college hockey) in 2012-13.

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http://media.caller.com/media/img/ph...63752_t160.JPG

http://www.caller.com/news/2012/jun/...g-call-at-nhl/

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CORPUS CHRISTI — For a guy who was looking for a team a year ago, Anthony Stolarz isn't in a bad place right now.

The IceRays goalie is in Pittsburgh, where he's expected to be selected Saturday during the second day of the NHL draft. Stolarz is projected to be taken in the middle to late rounds of the seven-round draft.

What would he have said a year ago had someone told him he'd be invited to the draft and likely be the only North American Hockey League player taken?

"I probably would've told you that you were a little crazy," said Stolarz, who graduated from Gregory-Portland High School last month. "That's a big jump in terms of everything happening. It's just been a great experience for me. I owe Corpus Christi everything. They really just took me in when I needed a team and gave me a chance to play."
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  • Birthday: Jan 20, 1994
  • Hometown: Jackson NJ
  • Position: G
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 200

http://nahl.stats.pointstreak.com/pl...&seasonid=7317
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http://www.nahl.com/nahl1112/news/im...tpt-tall_3.jpg

http://www.nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=5712

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The accomplishment list for Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Anthony Stolarz keeps getting bigger each week. The North American Hockey League (NAHL) goaltender can now add a new accomplishment to that list after being invited to the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Earlier this past season, the rookie committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This announcement comes on the heels of Stolarz recently attending the NHL Combine in Toronto where he performed and ranked high in several categories. He will also travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend to take part in the 2012 NHL Draft. Round 1 of the Draft is Friday, Rounds 2-7 is on Saturday. The NAHL will be at the NHL Draft following Stolarz exclusively on NAHL.com.

Stolarz goes into the NHL Draft as the #4 ranked goalie in North American in the final NHL Central Scouting Rankings.

Flukeshot 06-23-2012 09:24 AM

One thing that'll be interesting to follow is if Stolarz has a better career than Bobrovsky. Pretty straight up trade to analyze going forward.

GKJ 06-23-2012 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Heavenly Couturier (Post 51365841)
Really wanted us to pick Frk....I don't really get why we go for a goalie with this pick. :(

Because they thought he was the best player available

Hockeypete49 06-23-2012 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles (Post 51365919)

Thanks for the information.

Xegiie 06-23-2012 09:29 AM

thats a huge 5 hole there:) i like to watch big goalies

MiamiScreamingEagles 06-23-2012 09:31 AM

More info:

http://sports.yahoo.com/juniorhockey...hockey,wp11845

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Stolarz ended up playing 50 games for the IceRays, posting a 2.84 average and .920 save percentage while logging a heavy workload for a draft-year goalie. His potential is self-evident. He's from a family of tall people ("it's something I was blessed with"), where his dad John is 6-foot-4 and mom Karol is 5-11. He's also more solidly built, almost like a football tight end or wide receiver, than many string-bean teen puck-stoppers.

"The kid's huge, the kid's huge," says Al Jensen, NHL Central Scouting's goaltending scout. "And he's got that drive and determination. He's aggressive, great athleticism and quickness. He's got the tools that could someday get him there. He's already got some of that stuff. Maybe four or five or six years down the road, the kid might be something."

So why did it take the 18-year-old Stolarz, who's hoping the improve his quickness and recovery speed next season with the NCAA's Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, so long to get noticed?

Stolarz, who's had some major junior interest in Canada, theorizes that he took a road less travelled. He played for a Junior B team as a 17-year-old rather than remain in AAA youth hockey.

"It could have been that I really wasn't exposed as much as other players," he says. "I played in the Empire Junior B Hockey League last year. A lot of players played Triple-A right until their age-18 year. I took the Junior B route instead of the midget route and maybe with it being the Junior B league, maybe I got overlooked."
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http://www.nyhockeyjournal.com/news/...d_prospect.php

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But when you are a 6-foot-5 goalie who has agility and the talent to stop pucks for a living, scouts tend not to worry as much about your geographic location. Enter Anthony Stolarz, the Jackson, N.J., native who left the Garden State for the Gulf of Mexico and the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL.

“I’m definitely a butterfly goalie,” Stolarz told New York Hockey Journal, when asked to describe his playing style. “But I’m also a player who can be acrobatic at times and will make a diving save. I don’t want to be a robot in the net, so I know I have to sometimes change things up and not be predictable to the shooters.”

This season, Stolarz has emerged as one of the more intriguing options in the 2012 NHL draft class because of his natural size and raw upside. His play has allowed the IceRays to keep pace in a tough division, and if his performance this season is any indication, he should get a call as a mid- to late-round project pick. He was the 20th-ranked North American goaltender in the Central Scouting Service mid-term rankings in January, but his stock could be rise even higher.
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Stolarz agreed that he needs to improve his foot speed and noted that he also tends to hunch over in his basic stance at times. Both are areas of emphasis he’s addressing and will seek to improve by the time he arrives in Nebraska to play his college hockey. He committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is eager to test his mettle at the next level.

bp spec 06-23-2012 09:34 AM

He got some serious size. Don't know anything about him, but his stats are at least good.

MiamiScreamingEagles 06-23-2012 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Hockeypete49 (Post 51367299)
Thanks for the information.

Not a prob. More info has been posted. The need for improvements:

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Stolarz agreed that he needs to improve his foot speed and noted that he also tends to hunch over in his basic stance at times.

BillyShoe1721 06-23-2012 09:36 AM

All the guys I were hoping would be available at our pick were gone(Finn, Aberg, Collberg, Kerdiles, Pokka, and Bystrom) so I don't really have a problem with it.

Awakening 06-23-2012 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Flukeshot (Post 51366479)
One thing that'll be interesting to follow is if Stolarz has a better career than Bobrovsky. Pretty straight up trade to analyze going forward.

Depends what they do with the cap space, right?

bp spec 06-23-2012 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 (Post 51368761)
All the guys I were hoping would be available at our pick were gone(Finn, Aberg, Collberg, Kerdiles, Pokka, and Bystrom) so I don't really have a problem with it.

Same here. Although my hopes were on Finn and Pokka.

BleedOrange 06-23-2012 09:43 AM

Come on homer i like our first pick since im from oshawa and have seen scott play but the 2nd pick i almost puked.

mikedifr 06-23-2012 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by GKJ (Post 51366899)
Because they thought he was the best player available

Was he though? There were still some highly ranked players there...he is 4th ranked NA goalie

Keaver 06-23-2012 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by orange is better (Post 51365901)
I guess That's not a bad pick. NAHL prospects always make me leery for some reason though.

My friend is in the NAHL and he's pretty good he's one of the top 3 scoring defenseman and he missed a bunch of games. I can ask him to see if he played against and what he thinks.

turkinaa 06-23-2012 10:00 AM

Lately the Flyers just have a huge crush on huge goalies. This pick could have been in the 3rd when more goalies were taken, but I guess they liked the idea of him playing in college for at least 2 years before having to have him play in the AHL, if they don't trade him or ruin him by then.

Krishna 06-23-2012 10:08 AM

RT @RandyJMiller: New #Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz has signed to play college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha,

daynus 06-23-2012 10:16 AM

the good news for us is
 
reese is our goaltenders coach. if it was reggie lemelin, the best goalie in the world would be a big time sieve, by the time reggie was done with him. no rush, if he works hard, he will determine how good he becomes.

Alchemy 06-23-2012 10:16 AM

If they took him second its obvious they are looking to develop him. We'll see how this goes.

BernieParent 06-23-2012 10:18 AM

I'm just surprised Holmgren found his way to the venue in time for the second round.


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