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The 2020 NHL Draft will mark eight years since a Canadian goaltender was taken in the first round. It was Malcolm Subban in 2012, going 24th overall to the Boston Bruins. He wasn’t even the top goalie selected in his draft class.
In that time, Canada has produced three first-overall picks (Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan Mackinnon), and have had ten defencemen selected in the top-10 of the NHL Entry Draft.
Obviously, goalie prospects aren’t as prevalent at the draft tables by NHL teams as other positions, and it appears that selecting goalies in the first-round is a downward trend that continues to grow in that direction over the years. We have to consider that there is an entirely different dynamic to drafting goalies, and part of that falls into the unpredictability of their development trajectory.
However, with all the elite level forward and defencemen prospects Canada has produced, it raises the question: is there an underlying reason they aren’t producing goalies at a similar level? This article is going to take several different angles to explore that topic and look to when Canada will finally find it’s next great goalie prospect.
After being handed just their fourth loss of the season Wednesday versus Whitecourt, Sherwood Park bounced back into the win column Friday night in Bonnyville with a 4-2 win over the Pontiacs. They’re looking to put together another long win streak as they host the Grande Prairie Storm in a Sunday matinee matchup. Sherwood Park remains in first place in the AJHL North at 36-4-0, 10 points ahead of the second-place Spruce Grove Saints. The visiting Storm is sixth in the North with a record of 16-19-4. Grande Prairie will likely be desperate for a win, after winning four of six games in December, they have just one win in four games to start 2020.
The Cru will need some help from their depth guys this afternoon as both Michael Benning and Carter Savoie are at the Top Prospects Game in Hamilton.
Jordan Frey will start in net for the Crusaders, he comes into the matinee matchup with a 14-2-0 record, a GAA of 2.02, and save percentage of 0.924. At the other end of the rink, Grande Prairie counters with Kaeden Lane. The 18-year-old from Medicine Hat is having a better half to the season, after several games letting in 4, 5, and even 6 goals, Lane hasn’t let in more than 3 since November 15th. He posts a record of 7-9-2, with a GAA of 3.27, and a 0.888 save percentage.
The trade deadline week is underway and we’ve started it out with a bang. The Drumheller Dragons acquired veteran goaltender cheap furosemide 40 mg Chris Curr from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in exchange for future considerations.
The Sherwood Park Crusaders welcome the Calgary Canucks to the Sherwood Park Arena tonight in the Cru’s first game of the New Year. They closed out December with a 6-1 win over the Spruce Grove Saints back on the 30th at the Grant Fuhr Arena. The Crusaders remain atop the AJHL North Standings with a record of 33-3-0; meanwhile, the Calgary Canucks are basement dwellers in the AJHL South with a record of 5-33-2. I think we’ll see pretty quickly whether or not this will be a long night for the visitors.
Jordan Frey starts between the pipes for Sherwood Park, Frey comes into tonight posting a stellar GAA of 2.03, a 0.923 save percentage and a record of 13-2-0. The Canucks counter with Connor Martin; he has a GAA of 4.74, a 0.881 save percentage and a record of 3-14-2.
The Canucks aren’t much of an offensive threat; their leading scorer Jackson Zloty has just four goals and 11 assists on the year. We all know how powerful the Crusaders are in the offensive zone, out of the top 20 point-getters in the league, 5 of them play for Sherwood Park.
The two hottest teams in the AJHL’s North Division went head-to-head tonight at the Sherwood Park Arena as the Crusaders played host to the Bonnyville Pontiacs with both teams riding five-game winning streaks. The Pontiacs have been powered by their red-hot offence which has scored 31 goals over the course of their winning streak. For the Crusaders, they’ve been doing an excellent job keeping pucks out of their own net with a GAA of 2.00 in their last five games.
Only one win streak would survive tonight though as these two teams battled it out on Saturday night.
It was a week full of emotions for the Bonnyville Pontiacs. With three wins on the docket, Rick Swan’s team were looking to close the gap on the Spruce Grove Saints in second with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and Fort McMurray Oil Barons visiting the RJ Lalonde Arena.
The Sherwood Park Crusaders host the Okotoks Oilers tonight at the Sherwood Park Arena.
The Cru remain on top of the AJHL North, boasting a record of 26-3-0, at the other end of the rink the Crusaders have some stiff competition with the Oilers. They’re having a pretty good season, currently second in the AJHL South at 26-4-2.
The Bonnyville Pontiacs took off for their longest road trip of the season last Tuesday with four games in five nights against South Division opponents. Rick Swan’s team were without forward Thomas Kramer and rookie defenceman Cam Newton as injuries continue to plague them.
Despite that, they were able to come out with victories in three of the four games closing the game between themselves and the Spruce Grove Saints to eight points. On top of that, Bonnyville also has a game in hand over the Saints having played 29 games compared to their 30.
The Sherwood Park Crusaders look to close off an undefeated month of November that has led them to a 24-2-0 record to take sole possession of the number one spot in the North Division with 48 points. Tonight’s game will be Crusaders fan’s first chance to take a look at the team’s new acquisition of Jacob Kendall, who suits up for his first home game at Sherwood Park Arena against his former club. Kendall comes to the Crusaders with 15 goals and 23 points in 25 games in his overage season. The forward brings another scoring threat to the line-up along with a veteran presence and added strength.
When asked to describe his game in an interview with Tyler Yaremchuk on Inside the Cru, Kendall stated, “I like to play in the corners, play a hard style of game, be hard to play against. That’s what I pride myself on.” Kendall comes into this game on the second line for the Crusaders, on the left side of Ty Mueller and Jarred White.
The Kodiaks come into this game hungry for two points after taking a shootout loss to the Okotoks Oilers earlier this week. The club has stayed at a steady pace throughout the season, putting up a respectable 11-12-3 record that has them slotted in the middle of the pack in the South division. They aren’t a team the juggernaut Crusaders should take lightly though. The Kodiaks have the offensive weapons to steal a game on any given night, including former Crusader Cody Laskosky, who has had himself an unbelievable season so far in Camrose putting up 34 points in just 24 games.