Wildcards to be had between the pipes
Alex Dubeau shouldn’t lose any sleep over going unranked in Future Considerations’ top 210 for 2012.
Each and every year there are those prospects that do not get their names listed on final rankings by various draft publications for the NHL Entry Draft but still get drafted. These prospects have shown enough promise to impress a regional NHL scout and earn a spot on the team’s draft list and ultimately become property of that NHL organization.
Dubeau could find himself in that category after the draft comes to a close. He isn’t the only one, either.
Here’s a look at which wildcards in the crease that could be called in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Alex Dubeau – Moncton – QMJHL – 5’-10” 160 lbs
An athletic but tiny puck stopper who has heard his name quite regularly when the top goalies are mentioned for this draft class. While he does have elite quickness in both his legs and core as well as a flashy glove that is near impossible to beat the fact is he relies too heavily on that athleticism and quickness to make routine saves and needs much work on his technique and angles play. He will likely hear his name though as a mid-to-late selection because of his natural ability.
Francois Brassard – Quebec – QMJHL – 6’-1” 160 lbs
A butterfly style puck stopper who when he is on his game plays with very good poise and calmness in the crease. Has a good glove and does not give up many rebounds but can go through stretches where he plays too deep in his crease and allows bad goals that should be stopped. This can also be attributed to a lack of focus from time to time, but other than these consistency issues his size and style are impressive and Brassard could catch the eye of an NHL team.
Roman Will – Moncton – QMJHL – 6’-1” 190 lbs
Will is a very athletic, composed goaltender who was the story in Moncton this year as the previously passed over draft eligible stopper kept the Wildcats in the playoff picture this year. His size and mobility are very intriguing and although he does have some work to do with his technique he never gives up on a play. This battler will likely get a late round selection or at least a camp invite after his impressive performance.
Jasoslav Pavelka – Windsor – OHL – 6’-1.5” 175 lbs
After being traded by Niagara at the start of the year Pavelka, a Czech Republic import, had a bit of an up and down campaign for the Spitfires. His play towards the tail end of the season was very impressive and he was a main reason the Spitfires made the OHL playoffs this year. His athleticism and quickness in the crease are high end but he has much improvement to do in the positions technical aspects.
Marvin Cupper – Eisbaren Juniors Berlin – German DNL – 5’-11” 180 lbs
A textbook butterfly goaltender who gets down quickly and covers the lower portion of net very well. His leg strength and quickness are impressive as is his willingness to battle for those second and third chances. Rumour is Cupper is looking to come to North America next year to further his development and show his desire to play in the NHL.
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