Goaltending is by far the toughest position to predict.
Some people have as many as three goalies being drafted in the first round of the 2019 NHL draft. I don’t think that will be the case.
The first thing that jumps out to me looking at eligible goalies is the consensus top three all have size, but none are having “amazing” seasons.
#1. USDP’s Spencer Knight may be the most “NHL ready” out of everyone available. Knight has all the makings of an NHL goalie. Standing at 6’3, 197, he’s clearly not small, but the way he moves and positions himself is almost pro ready. The product of Darien, Connecticut has a .924 SV% in the USHL and a .920 SV% with the U18’s.
Comparison – Jon Gillies
#2. There’s no hiding the fact that Medicine Hat Tigers’ goalie Mads Søgaard got lit up at the World J’s. Søgaard had an off tournament, behind a pathetic team. But in 21 WHL starts this season, the 6’7 netminder has a .931 SV%, helping Med Hat hold on to a wild card spot.
Comparison – Linus Ullmark
#3. The Peterborough Petes would not be where they are in the standings today (5th) if it wasn’t for Hunter Jones. Another big young tendy at 6’4, Jones has played 39 games this season and posted a .910 SV%. It’s crazy to think last year he had a 5.14 GAA and a .866 SV%, but the product of Brantford, Ontario is starting to turn the heads of NHL scouts.
Comparison – Brandon Halverson
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