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01-22-2014, 05:41 AM
Joey Bones
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IMO we still need a few more goalies in our system, especially with the situation we currently have. The depth chart shows Lundqvist, Talbot, LeNeveu, Missiaen, and Stajcer with Grummit-Morris and Malcolm as AHL contracts. After Talbot there is a serious drop off. So in my mind I'm going to assume for next year that LeNeveu, Missiaen, and Stajcer are gone as well as Grummit-Morris. They'll keep Malcolm since this is will be his 2nd year as a pro so hopefully he'd gain some experience and they'll sign Skapski to an entry level and add him into the mix. Lundqvist and Talbot aren't booted off the island. That would leave us at 4 contracted goalies. Way too little. We should definitely draft at least 1 if not 2 goalies this year or draft 1 and sign one out of Europe or NCAA (most likely route). Now I haven't been following on goalies as much this year than I have in the past, but I'll post each draft eligible goalie's stats so far this year as per elite prospects and hopefully inspire you all to start conversing about our future in net. If I miss anyone that intrigues you please feel free to reply. Without further interruption here's the list of net-minders that are eligible:

-Jason Pawloski- Age: 18, Born: Omaha, NE (AMR), Team: Indiana Ice/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/165lbs (GP:27, GAA: 2.38, SV%: .902) **Committed to University of Minnesota State (Mankato) in 14/15
-Ken Appleby- Age: 18, Born: North Bay, ON (CAN), Team: Oshawa Generals/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'4"/205lbs (GP: 10, GAA: 3.16, SV%: .904)
-Hunter Miska- Age: 18, Born North Branch, MN (AMR), Team: Penticton Vees/BCHL, Ht/Wt: 5'11"/170lbs (GP: 20, GAA: 2.42, SV%: .910)
-Drew Vogler- Age: 17, Born: Florissant, MO (AMR), Team: Topeka Roadrunners/NAHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/174lbs (GP: 15, GAA: 2.63, SV%: .890) **Committed to Merrimack College in 15/16
-Eric Schierhorn- Age: 17, Born: Anchorage, AK (AMR), Team: Muskegon Lumberjacks/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/183lbs (GP: 23, GAA: 3.01, SV%: 911)
-Landon Bow- Age: 18, Born: St. Albert, AB (CAN), Team: Swift Current Broncos/WHL, Ht/Wt: 6'4"/225lbs (GP: 18, GAA: 2.99, SV%: .905)
-Cameron Hackett- Age: 17, Born: Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CAN), Team: Green Bay Gamblers/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/201lbs (GP: 5, GAA: 3.15, SV%: .889) **Committed to Cornell University in 14/15
-Alex Bureau- Age: 17, Born: Longueuil, QC (CAN), Team: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/187lbs (GP: 29, GAA: 3.67, SV%: .866)
-Alec Dillion- Age: 17, Born: Victoria, BC (CAN), Team: Victoria Grizzles/BCHL, Ht/Wt: 6'6"/170lbs (GP: 20, GAA: 2.47, SV%: .918) **Committed to RPI in 15/16
-Alexander Moodie- Age: 18, Born: Winnipeg, MB (CAN), Team: Saskatoon Blades/WHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/183lbs (GP: 27, GAA: 4.20, SV%: .897)
-Eric Brassard- Age: 18, Born: Logueuil, QC (CAN), Team: Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/168lbs (GP: 21, GAA: 3.14, SV%: .912)
-Storm Phaneuf- Age: 18, Born: Gatineau, QC (CAN), Team: Shawnigan Cataractes/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/179lbs (GP: 21, GAA: 3.33, SV%: .898)
-Zachary Nagelvoort- Age: 19, Born: Holland, MI (AMR), Team: University of Michigan/NCAA, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/190lbs (GP: 13, GAA: 2.06, SV%: .932)
-Louis-Philip Guindon- Age: 18, Born: Montreal, QC (CAN), Team: Drummondville Voltigeurs/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/161lbs (GP: 37, GAA: 2.79, SV%: .897)
-Matthew Mancina- Age: 17, Born: Windsor, ON (CAN), Team: Guelph Storm/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/172lbs (GP: 18, GAA: 2.51, SV%: .916)
-Nikita Serebryakov- Age: 18, Born: Moscow, Russia (RUS), Team: Saginaw Spirit/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/170lbs (GP: 20, GAA: 3.52, SV%: .897)
-Kasimir Kaskisuo- Age: 20, Born: Espoo, Finland (FIN), Team: Minnesota Wilderness/NAHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/185lbs (GP: 23, GAA: 1.41, SV%: .947) **Committed to University of Minnesota-Duluth in 14'15
-Hayden Lavigne- Age: 17, Born: Brampton, ON (CAN), Team: Tri-City Storm/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/181lbs (GP: 11, GAA: 4.50, SV%: .878) **Committed to University of Michigan in 14/15
-Devin Williams- Age: 18, Born: Saginaw, MI (AMR), Team: Erie Otters/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/165lbs (GP: 21, GAA: 2.92, SV%: .898)
-Justin Paulic- Age: 18, Born: Thompson, MB (CAN), Team: Moose Jaw Warriors/WHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/194lbs (GP: 38, GAA: 3.68, SV%: .889)
-Julio Billia- Age: 17, Born: Montreal, QC (CAN), Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 5'11"/152lbs (GP: 24, GAA: 3.26, SV%: .898)
-Austin Lotz- Age: 18, Born: Winnipeg, MB (CAN), Team: Everett Silvertips/WHL, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/201lbs (GP: 35, GAA: 2.38, SV%: .909)
-Keven Bouchard- Age: 17, Born: Metabetchouan, QC (CAN), Team: Val-d'Or Foreurs/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/205lbs (GP: 21, GAA: 3.40, SV%: .870)
-Brandon Halverson- Age: 17, Born: Traverse City, MI (AMR), Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'4"/179lbs (GP: 11, GAA: 3.21, SV%: .889)
-Ty Edmonds- Age: 17, Born: Winnipeg, MB (CAN), Team: Prince George Cougars/WHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/174lbs (GP: 39, GAA: 3.78, SV%: .889)
-Mason McDonald- Age: 17, Born: Halifax, NS (CAN), Team: Charlottetown Islanders/QMJHL, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/181lbs (GP: 17, GAA: 3.02, SV%: .905)
-Brent Moran- Age: 17, Born: Ottawa, ON (CAN), Team: Niagara Ice Dogs/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/179lbs (GP: 24, GAA: 4.16, SV%: .883)
-Alex Nedeljkovic- Age: 18, Born: Parma, OH (AMR), Team: Plymouth Whalers/OHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/183lbs (GP: 40, GAA: 3.16, SV%: .916)
-Chase Perry- Age: 17, Born: Andover, MN (AMR), Team: Wenatchee Wild/NAHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/163lbs (GP: 15, GAA: 2.26, SV%: .910)
-Blake Weyrick- Age: 17, Born: Ojai, CA (AMR), Team: USNTDP/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/201lbs (GP: 4, GAA: 1.63, SV%: .943) **Committed to Brown University in 14/15
-Edwin Minney- Age: 17, Born: Wind Gap, PA (AMR), Team: USNTDP/USHL, Ht/Wt: 6'4"/201lbs (GP: 9, GAA: 2.66, SV%: .912) **Committed to Michigan State University in 14/15
-Thatcher Demko- Age: 18, Born: San Diego, CA (AMR), Team: Boston College/NCAA, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/192lbs (GP: 8, GAA: 2.34, SV%: .912)

-Karel Vejmelka- Age: 17, Born: Trebic, Czech Republic (CZR), Team: HC Pardubice/Czech U20, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/198lbs (GP: 12, GAA: 2.28, SV%: .938)
-George Sorensen- Age: 18, Born: Herning, Denmark (DEN), Team: Herning/Denmark, Ht/Wt: 5'10"/165lbs (GP: 13, GAA: 1.06, SV%: .932)
-Mikael Saari- Age: 17, Born: Linkoping, Sweden (FIN), Team: Ilves U20/Jr. A SM-liiga, Ht/Wt: 5'11"/176lbs (GP: 12, GAA:N/A, SV%: .886)
-Gilles Senn- Age: 17, Born: N/A (SUI), Team: Davos U20/Elite Jr. A, Ht/Wt: 6'5"/192lbs (GP: 30, GAA: 2.60, SV%: N/A)
-Elvis Merzlikins- Age: 19, Born: Riga, Latvia (LAT), Team: Lugano/NLA, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/187lbs (GP: 18, GAA: 1.85, SV%: .933)
-Igor Shesterkin- Age: 18, Born: Moscow, Russia (RUS), Team: Spartak/MHL, Ht/Wt: 6'0"/183lbs (GP: 14, GAA: 1.27, SV%: .951)
-Melvin Nyfeller- Age: 19, Born: Volketswil, Switzerland (SUI), Team: Zurich/NLA, Ht/Wt: 5'10"/172lbs (GP: 11, GAA: 1.25, SV%: .960)
-Vitek Vanecek- Age: 18, Born: Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic (CZR), Team: Bili Tygri Liberec/Czech U20, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/181lbs (GP: 14, GAA: 2.79, SV%: .910)
-Linus Soderstrom- Age: 17, Born: Stockholm, Sweden (SWE), Team: Djurgarden J20/SuperElit, Ht/Wt: 6'3"/187lbs (GP: 21, GAA: 2.59, SV%: .915)
-Maximilian Pajpach- Age: 18, Born: Poprad, Slovakia (SVK), Team: Team Slovakia U18/Slovakia 2, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/176lbs (GP: 14, GAA: 4.32, SV%: .867)
-Ilya Sorokin- Age: 18, Born: Mezhdurechensk, Russia (RUS), Team: Metallurg Novokuznetsk/KHL, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/168lbs (GP: 22, GAA: 2.68, SV%: .917)
-Jonas Johansson- Age: 18, Born: Gavle, Sweden (SWE), Team: Brynas J20/SuperElit, Ht/Wt: 6'4"/198lbs (GP: 11, GAA: 1.83, SV%: .929)
-Kaapo Kahkonen- Age: 17, Born: Helsinki, Finland (FIN), Team: Blues U20/Jr. A SM-liiga, Ht/Wt: 6'1"/192lbs (GP: 27, GAA:N/A, SV%: .911)
-Ville Husso- Age: 18, Born: Helsinki, Finland (FIN), Team: HIFK/Liiga, Ht/Wt: 6'2"/183lbs (GP: 26, GAA: 1.96, SV%: .927)
^-Luka Gracnar- Age: 20, Born: Jesenice, Slovenia (SLO), Team: EC Salzburg/Austria, Ht/Wt: 5'10"/187lbs (GP: 30, GAA: 2.07, SV%: .921)

Now I got the list from the NHL's Central Scouting Rankings and each list above shows their rankings from the top being the worst prospect to the bottom being the best. From looking at the stats, I'm pleasantly intrigued by some of this years crop of goalies, but please tell me what you guys think!!

PS-- I know he isn't in any of the NHL's rankings, but I had to throw Luka Gracnar's name out there. He's a very solid goaltender that's a bit on the small side, but he's representing Slovenia at the Olympic Games this year and he can show some stellar saves like the one where he stops Stamkos in the World Hockey Championship not too long ago.
This is another highlight reel

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