Looking At Collegiate Goaltenders Through The Professional Prism


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It should never be forgotten that the Montreal Canadiens’ legendary Hall of Fame goaltender KEN DRYDEN was actually a third round choice (# 14 overall) at the 1964 National Hockey League Draft of the Boston Bruins before going on to be honored an NCAA (East) First Team All-America on three consecutive occasions from 1967 until 1969 while tending the nets for Cornell University.

At the beginning of this 2013/14 NCAA collegiate ice hockey season there were exactly fifteen goaltenders on the rosters of the 59 Division I schools who have already been drafted by the various National Hockey League clubs :

3rd rd (# 70 overall) ….. 2013 … NYI …… Eamon MCADAM, Penn State
3rd rd (# 75 overall) ….. 2012 … CGY …. Jon GILLIES, Providence
4th rd (# 92 overall) ….. 2010 … FLA ….. Sam BRITTAIN, Denver Univ
4th rd (# 92 overall) ….. 2013 … FLA ….. Evan COWLEY, Denver Univ
4th rd (# 106 overall) … 2013 … NYI …… Stephon WILLIAMS, Minnesota State
4th rd (# 113 overall) … 2012 … PITT …. Sean MCGUIRE, Boston Univ
5th rd (# 130 overall) … 2012 … WPG … Connor HELLEBUYCK, UMass-Lowell
6th rd (# 159 overall) … 2012 … CAR …. Collin OLSON, Ohio State *
6th rd (# 161 overall) … 2011 … MIN ….. Steve MICHALEK, Harvard
6th rd (# 165 overall) … 2010 … BOS …. Zane GOTHBERG, North Dakota
6th rd (# 167 overall) … 2011 … WPG … Jason KASDORF, R.P.I.
6th rd (# 178 overall) … 2011 … TB ……. Adam WILCOX, Minnesota
7th rd (# 184 overall) … 2010 … CMB …. Martin OUELLETTE, Maine
7th rd (# 190 overall) … 2012 … WPG … Jamie PHILLIPS, Michigan Tech
7th rd (# 199 overall) … 2012 … CHI …… Matt TOMKINS, Ohio State

Providence College goaltender JON GILLIES, the first choice for the United States junior national team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden this winter, enjoyed a standout campaign while appearing in 35 games (2.08 avg, .931 svpct) for the Friars as an 18-year-old freshman last season and has continued to improve upon his numbers even further this term …… Gillies, to review, was not only named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year on top of his Hockey East First Team All-Star status but was also selected as an NCAA (East) Second Team All-America in 2013, as well.

Penn State netminder EAMON MCADAM, the 19-year-old homegrown freshman from Perkasie, has not necessarily made quite a rapid transition to the elite collegiate game that some in State College might have preferred. McAdam certainly fought the puck a bit over the first half of this 2013/14 season and was a little shaky at times while allowing five goals in in three of his first four starts at the NCAA Division I level. Nevertheless, hopes remain high that the Nittany Lions number two will show more of the form that enabled the New York Islanders prospect to stop 41 out of 44 shots against the highly ranked University of Massachusetts – Lowell in middle of November.

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University of Denver goaltender SAM BRITTAIN (1), the senior Canadian legionnaire from Calgary, Alberta, who was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team after appearing in 33 games (2.28 average, .921 save percentage) for the Pioneers as a freshman, makes a save during the NCAA non-conference “Ghost Game” against the University of Massachusetts that was witnessed by the minuscule crowd of 428 spectators at the Mullins Center in snowy Amherst only eight days before the arrival of Christmas.
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2013/14 NCAA season
Goaltending statistics (as of 01/09/14)
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1.75 avg, .941 svpct, 19 ga … sr – Sam BRITTAIN, Denver Univ
1.75 avg, .945 svpct, 11 ga … so – Connor HELLEBUYCK, UMass-Lowell
1.85 avg, .941 svpct, 16 ga … so – Jon GILLIES, Providence
1.88 avg, .936 svpct, 18 ga … sr – Martin OUELLETTE, Maine
2.14 avg, .923 svpct, 17 ga … so – Adam WILCOX, Minnesota
2.36 avg, .917 svpct, 14 ga … so – Zane GOTHBERG, North Dakota
2.63 avg, .899 svpct, 6 ga ….. so – Jamie PHILLIPS, Michigan Tech
2.64 avg, .923 svpct, 6 ga ….. so – Sean MCGUIRE, Boston Univ
2.76 avg, .910 svpct, 9 ga …… fr – Matt TOMKINS, Ohio State
2.83 avg, .917 svpct, 1 ga …… fr – Evan CROWLEY, Denver Univ
3.15 avg, .875 svpct, 9 ga ….. so – Stephon WILLIAMS, Minnesota State
3.17 avg, .908 svpct, 5 ga …… fr – Steve MICHALEK, Harvard
3.49 avg, .786 svpct, 2 ga ….. so – Jason KASDORF, R.P.I.
4.56 avg, .878 svpct, 4 ga …… fr – Eamon MCADAM, Penn State
7.64 avg, .805 svpct, 2 ga ….. so – Collin OLSON, Ohio State *

Note — COLLIN OLSON, the 19-year-old native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, departed the Ohio State Buckeyes program at the start of November

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Ohio State goaltender MATT TOMKINS (31), the 19-year-old freshman imported from Sherwood Park, Alberta, in western Canada, had established himself as the Buckeyes’ number one netminder until succumbing to a leg injury in a non-conference meeting with Niagara University in early November.

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