The 2013 Draft Thread: Not Winnin' For #(??)...
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02-18-2013, 01:24 PM
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Who are the best goalies coming out this year?
"To me, he's clearly the best goalie I've seen this year," Central Scouting's David Gregory told NHL.com. "He just has this NHL game about him already and it starts with his focus. He plays on a team that, oftentimes, is in the other end of the rink for a lengthy period of time, but then there's a breakdown where he must make a 2-on-1 save where he keeps himself in games. He plays with a ton of confidence."
Central Scouting's Al Jensen, who specializes in goalies, agrees with Gregory.
"Zach is an excellent positional-style goalie with great stance and balance," Jensen told NHL.com. "He plays and looks big in all situations, has an excellent butterfly style and is very tough to beat down low. Zach is very calm, relaxed and dependable, and has excellent rebound control. He directs the low shots and absorbs the higher shots."
A tall, butterfly-style goaltender with excellent agility and flexibility.. generally speaking, receives inadequate support from his blueline crew, yet frustrate shooters by routinely making highlight-reel saves – that he makes look easy due to his sharp reflexes and quick lateral movement …focuses on keeping his body square to the puck .. demonstrates good fluidity and excellent push-off strength – and can go post-to-post in an instant – though can expose the five hole when moving laterally .. his super-quick reflexes match impressive skating ability – allowing him to play an agile, athletic game .. tends to crouch down too low as the play crosses the line, which in essence makes him smaller .. relies heavily on size and quickness to bail himself out, as he stays down too long and consequently requires a quicker recovery .. immediately drops to the butterfly on wraparounds, effectively taking away the bottom portion of the goal – but will neglect the centering pass in front by becoming over-fixated on the play behind him .. must continue to add muscle to a lean frame – although he already handles himself well in traffic as he is a bigger body and has no issues smothering the puck .. appears to sustain solid focus – and is starting to eliminate a habit of allowing untimely, soft goals .. assertive, hard working, competes and stays with plays .. aggressively challenges shooters and cuts down angles, sporting a quick, strong glove hand .. okay blocker, modest stickhandler .. must guard against over-pursuing and leaving the middle of the net exposed on rebounds and broken plays .. will need to work on his mental toughness moving forward – as well as rebound management, as he kicks out some juicy ones straight back out, especially when moving laterally.
Eric Comrie (Tri-City, WHL; hip surgery, out for rest of season) &
It appears that Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal has been judicious about when to put Jarry in goal and rest Brossoit. Seven of the netminder's 13 wins have come against teams outside the WHL playoff picture. The fact Jarry leads the WHL with a 1.68 goals-against average and .935 save percentage and is third with five shutouts should be taken with a grain of salt. However, in December, Jarry delivered a 37-save signature performance in a win over a potent Kamloops team while Brossoit was at Canada's national junior team selection camp. He was also his team's player of the game at last month's CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax, where he did not allow a goal. Suffice to say, Jarry's progress suggests Edmonton should not face a drop-off between the pipes when Brossoit turns pro next season.
Eamon McAdam (G, 2013), Waterloo – Penn State University commit for 2013 .. the future Nittany Lion boasts a solid frame at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds .. shows good poise in the net and gives his team a steady and re-assuring presence .. good, compact movements and sealing off holes to opposing forwards .. uses his size to his advantage and eliminates shooting options consistently with solid positional decisions .. many times, this can momentary stall or alter the opposition’s plans .. makes efficient use of his pads and stick to stop the puck or direct rebounds into safe areas .. also displays an excellent work ethic and compete level – which was in full evidence on a spectacular diving glove save in the opening period on a back-door power-play pass .. resilient, never gives up on a puck .. must continue to work on strengthening his lateral movements and explosiveness .. developing better game-to-game consistency may be his biggest enemy, but there is a great deal to like given his composure and calmness .. depending on the team and their needs, he would be a nice pick in the mid rounds, or a steal in the later rounds, though it’s unlikely he slips beyond the fourth round – especially given this performance on a big stage.
Marcus Högberg (Linkopings HC, SEL) is probably the top Euro goalie with prototypical size and numbers. Maros Mikolas (MsHK Zilina, SVK) is another Euro I'll have my eye on at the 2013 U18 WC.
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