NHL Draft: North American Goalies

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Player League SV% DOB H
Carter Hart (G) WHL 0.918 8/13/1998 6’1
Tyler Parsons (G) OHL 0.921 9/18/1997 6’1
Joseph Woll (G) USDP 0.918 7/12/1998 6’3
Evan Fitzpatrick (G) QMJHL 0.896 1/28/1998 6’2
Jeremy Helvig (G) OHL 0.929 5/25/1997 6’2
Jack LaFontaine (G) NAHL 0.921 1/6/1998 6’2
Colton Point (G) CCHL 0.915 3/4/1998 6’4
Zach Sawchenko (G) WHL 0.916 12/30/1997 6’1
Evan Cormier (G) OHL 0.89 11/6/1997 6’3
Connor Ingram (G) WHL 0.922 3/31/1997 6’1
Antoine Samuel (G) QMJHL 0.887 9/17/1997 6’2
Joseph Raaymakers (G) OHL 0.891 3/17/1998 6’1
Evan Sarthou (G) WHL 0.888 9/24/1997 6’1
Tyler Wall (G) GOJHL 0.94 1/14/1998 6’2
Brody Willms (G) WHL 0.906 7/21/1998 6’3

Carter Hart (G)

  • Last Word on Sports: Carter Hart is extremely athletic in the crease.  While his technique is solid, and he is almost always square to the shooter, whether it be on a first shot or rebound, when he does get beaten he can make some incredible recoveries and reflex based stops. While most young goalies struggle with rebound control this is a strength of Hart’s game, as he often swallows up pucks or directs them into the corners, minimizing the number of second chance opportunities that he will face. Hart keeps a cool and calm demeanour in the net. If he does give up a soft goal, which is rare, he does not get rattled and comes back ready to make the next stop.
  • WHL: “He’s a very consistent performer and has exceptional focus,” said Silvertips general manager Gerry Davidson when describing Hart’s on ice abilities. “That’s the biggest attribute that he has, being his ability to play a whole 60 minutes from start to finish. The scouts have noticed that as a tremendous attribute.

Tyler Parsons (G)

  • Too Many Men on the Site:  London Knights goalie Tyler Parsons is exceptional with his angles and making himself big. His athleticism is top-notch, and he proves that with great lateral movement and flexibility to make jaw dropping saves.
  • The Hockey Writers:  While Parsons doesn’t have the prototypical size for an NHL goalie, standing just 6’1” and weighing in under 190 pounds, Parsons more than makes up for it with what is among the best athleticism in this draft class. Parsons specializes in making spectacular saves, as he is ultra-quick when moving laterally and has strong legs to push across the crease. His impressive progression has caught the eyes of many, as shown by his invite to Team USA’s World Junior evaluation camp (although missing out on the final roster), a rarity for a pre-draft goalie. Stickhandling is a strength of Parsons’, as he can act as a third defenseman with long stretch passes and icing the puck in penalty kill situations.

Joseph Woll (G)

  • Draft Site:  Missouri-born goaltender with long arms and legs, but is still in the early stages of his development in terms of movement, instincts. Committed to Boston College.
  • Hockey’s Future:  Joseph Woll of the USA Under-18 has been steadily proving that he has the ability to become a solid NHL goalie,” said ISS Hockey Head U.S. Scout Phil Myre of Woll. “Woll has developed patience in the net that adds to his high skill level and consistency game after game.”

Evan Fitzpatrick (G)

  • ISS “Sherbrooke Phoenix goalkeeper Evan Fitzpatrick has tremendous upside,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “A butterfly goalie with good size and athleticism. He is calm, relaxed and controlled between the pipes, which has helped him gain the #1 rank of the top eligible goaltenders in the 2016 NHL Draft.”
  • Last Word on Sports:  Fitzpatrick has extremely good athleticism. Even if out of position, Fitzpatrick never gives up on a play, and makes some highlight reel saves as a result. In addition to good technique, he has extremely fast reflexes, and the competitiveness to never give up on a play. Fitzpatrick shows a good demeanor. He stays calm in his net, and his coolness in the face of heavy pressure shows good leadership, and is something his teammates lean on. If he does give up a bad goal, he has the ability to quickly forget about it and be ready to make the next big save.

Jeremy Helvig (G)

  • OHL Prospects: At 6’4, Helvig possesses the size that NHL team’s covet in the position. And he’s worked hard to become more athletic, improving his agility in the crease. He squares up to shooters well and really uses his size to cut down angles.

Jack LaFontaine (G)

  • The Hockey News: LaFontaine prides himself on his work ethic, flexibility and intelligence and still wants to calm his game down more. Scouts are very enthusiastic about him thanks to his size and smoothness in net and in a year where the North American goalie field is wide open, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see LaFontaine plucked early in the draft.

Colton Point (G)

  • Overtime Sports Nation:  His regular season saw him lead the league with a 2.16 GAA while placing second in Shutouts (7) and fourth in SV% at .915.  Through 11 playoff starts, Point has yet to lose in regulation as he is 10-0-1 with an eye-popping 1.36 GAA, .949 SV% and 4 shutouts.  He makes saves look easy as he is well positioned, shows focus and is poised beyond his years.
  • Hockey Prospectus:  A massive netminder, Point’s stock rose significantly with a monster postseason with Carleton Place, where he was practically unbeatable, helping scouts move past a disappointing WJAC.

Zach Sawchenko (G)

  • WHL from Above:  Sawchenko has decent size, displays excellent positioning and an extremely sharp glove hand.
  • Hockey Now:  A real minutes-eating goaltender who has seen a lot of rubber over his two plus seasons in the WHL. Stays calm and plays consistently each time between the pipes. Lets pucks hit him and clears rebounds away with quickness. Good glove hand and keeps it up when shot is coming rather than dropping it to make the difficult save. Always seems to know where puck is going and reacts to it. He does a good job of closing off the five hole and stays low to close the bottom corners of the net.

Evan Cormier (G)

  • OHL Prospects: He’s a big guy and fairly athletic despite his size (6’3, 200lbs). He’s definitely capable of making those highlight reel saves and a lot of the time he’s better than his stat line would indicate. That said, he tends to have some trouble finding pucks through traffic and he needs to do a better job of shaking off weak goals.

Connor Ingram (G)

  • ISS Hockey: He is playing very composed and focused. His positioning and angles are his strengths. He has earned a star in 11 straight games both home and away.

Antoine Samuel (G)

  • The Draft Analyst: Tall, athletic butterfly-style goalie who had the misfortune of playing for a bad team which tilted the ice towards his crease for what must have seemed like an eternity. Samuel seems to do better, however, when he’s involved in the game and facing a ton of rubber. He’s got the prototypical build (6’2, 190 pounds) NHL teams looks for in a goalie, and he’s actually quite sound from a technical standpoint. Samuel’s biggest problem is an inability to maintain an even keel and not let a bad bounce or two get to him. He’s got the quickness and reset ability to limit the amount of net to shoot at, and he doesn’t get beat down low as often as others in his class. Any goalie will tell you how important the mental aspect of netminding is, so figuring out how to stay calm and composed for 60 minutes should be Samuel’s offseason priority.

Joseph Raaymakers (G)

  • OHL Writers: Raaymakers is agile in his crease. He moves extremely well and is quick to move out and cut down angles. He is good at stopping second chances and when he gets better at his rebound control he will negate many of those second chances. He’s also above average with his puck handling skills.Raaymakers biggest need is to work on his consistency.


Evan Sarthou (G)

  • Hockey Now:  He has the tools to carry the team on his back and come up with the big save and shift the momentum. Has good lateral footwork in the crease and covers up the net pretty well by standing tall. Will come out and play the puck but needs to trust his defenceman more than he currently does. Quick glove and has seen a ton of rubber this season.


Tyler Wall (G)

  • Windsor Star:  “As a junior B player, it’s rare (to be rated), but he’s a young goalie, a big goalie and he’s going to a good school, so he’s intriguing,” said former NHLer Al Jensen, who is the head goaltending scout for NHL Central Scouting.“I like his instincts and he’s one of those goalies, I think, that has a chance to get picked in the later rounds. He’s a project guy that has to develop down the road, but he has a good upside.”

Dylan Wells (G)

  • OHL Prospects: He’s got size and athleticism and he shows flashes of brilliance. Let me remind you that Matt Murray had a save percentage of .876 in his NHL draft year. Look at him now. I could see Wells turning the corner in similar fashion and that’s why I think he’ll still be a fairly high NHL draft pick.



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