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2016 NHL Draft: 18 Goalies Selected On Day Two

A total of 18 goaltenders were selected at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, as rounds two through seven were held in Buffalo on Saturday. No goalies were selected in the first round, which took place on Friday night, and saw Auston Matthews go first overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It is the lowest total of goaltenders selected in a draft since 1986, when the league had only 21 teams. 48th overall is also the latest that the first goaltender has been taken since that same 1986 draft.

Carter Hart was the first goaltender to be taken off the board, 48th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers. He was the top-ranked goaltender in our draft preview earlier this month. On the smaller side at 6-foot-1, Hart is seen as an elite puck-tracker who impressed scouts at the combine with his physical skills. Here is what our preview had to say about him:

Hart has proven himself to be an exceptional puck-tracker. He is a student of both Shane Clifford and Dustin Schwartz, who have honed and emphasized that area of his game. His ability to track, not just on the release of shots, but also for the purpose of movements around his crease, is one of the best to come out of the CHL in recent years. This ability to track is illustrated by his world-class patience. Hart rarely over-commits, holds his edges extremely well, and tracks down on top of every shot. That allows him to manage his size effectively, which should eliminate any worries.

Tyler Parsons was the next goaltender selected, going 54th overall to the Calgary Flames. The London Knights starter is coming off a Memorial Cup victory, which certainly helped his draft stock. He was the 6th-ranked goaltender in our preview, but his strong finish to the season obviously made an impression on scouts. Also checking in at 6-foot-1, Parsons isn’t the biggest goaltender, but makes up for it with his skating ability. He is very smart when it comes to assessing situations, and reading plays as they develop. Here’s what our preview said:

After a rocky start, Parsons really turned it on in the second half. He doesn’t have incredible size, but he more than makes up for it with hockey IQ and athleticism. He certainly has the skill set to develop into a dependable starter at the pro level.

Filip Gustavsson was taken with the very next pick, 55th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he has been slowed due to hip injuries, he remains a very exciting prospect out of Sweden. He was the consensus top-ranked European goaltender in the draft, and came in at #3 overall in our draft preview. Although he will likely spend the next few years in Sweden, the Penguins now boast some excpetional young goaltending talent with Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry, Sean Maguire, and now Filip Gustavsson. Here’s what the preview said about Gustavsson:

He likes to play a simple game, by taking short routes throughout his crease. His post-integration is phenomenal, but due to some blocking tendencies, he does get caught being inactive while in the reverse-VH position. Quick-developing, low-to-high plays tend to be a challenge for him. However, he does battle well for sight lines on screen attempts. He generally tracks well, but if he doesn’t, his hands automatically drift back and seal up into a blocking position.

Evan Fitzpatrick rounded out the goaltenders selected in the second round, going 59th overall to the St. Louis Blues. He’s the largest of the goaltenders selected at the top end of the draft, standing at 6-foot-4. Playing in a tough league for goaltenders, the QMJHL, Fitzpatrick took a positive turn in development under Brad MacCharles with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. His numbers may not show it, but a solid performance for Team Canada at the under-18s solidified his case as a potential future NHL starter. He was the 2nd-ranked goaltender in our preview, which had this to say about him:

Fitzpatrick has a calmness to his game that will make you question the legitimacy of his birth certificate. That calmness is provided by his intelligent positioning. He plays deeper in his crease than most goaltenders, due to his size, but he has also worked at being more aggressive in certain scenarios. He accomplishes this with a very strong hockey IQ, and some excellent edgework while in the butterfly. That allows him to find his net much quicker than most bigger goaltenders are able to. When he does make an aggressive move, he’s able to get back into the net and in position quickly, without having to scramble.

Joseph Woll ended up being the next goaltender selected, 62nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is a product of the USA National Development Team program, and played alongside Jake Oettinger – a top-ranked goaltender for next year’s draft. He has some big skates to fill with Boston College next year as their projected starter, with Thatcher Demko leaving to join the Vancouver Canucks. He possesses high-end skill, and will look to slowly develop his technique at the NCAA level.

Jack Lafontaine was selected 75th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. He is one of only two goaltenders to be taken out of the NAHL at the draft, where the Mississauga native dominated. He is scheduled to join the University of Michigan next season.

Wouter Peeters was the next goaltender selected, 83rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Although his draft stock had been rising, the Blackhawks went a bit off the board with this pick. The Belgian netminder first started turning heads when his Red Bull Salzburg team played a round of exhibition matches against teams from the BCHL. He is very large, and very raw. He will be leaving his Austrian team to join Jokerit’s junior program next season.

Connor Ingram, a second-year eligible prospect, was the next goaltender selected at 88th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ingram had the second-best save percentage among WHL goaltenders that were eligible for the draft, posting a .922 with a weaker Kamloops Blazers squad. Some believed that it was a mistake for him to be passed over at the 2015 draft, and this selection proves that to be a fact.

Other goaltenders selected later in the draft include: Evan Cormier 105th overall to the New Jersey Devils, Dylan Wells 123rd overall to the Edmonton Oilers, Colton Point 128th overall to the Dallas Stars, Adam Werner 131st overall to the Colorado Avalanche, Jeremy Helvig 134th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes, Peter Thome 155th overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mikhail Berdin 157th overall to the Winnipeg Jets, Filip Larsson 167th overall to the Detroit Red Wings, Konstantin Volkov 168th overall to the Nashville Predators, and Tyler Wall 174th overall to the New York Rangers.

Colton Point was the 4th-ranked goaltender in our preview, and slipped to 128th as a possible late steal for the Stars. Adam Werner is a very big Swedish prospect that the Avalanche are hoping slipped under the radar, as most of his season was derailed due to an illness.

Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors was one of the surprising goaltenders to go undrafted. He was the 5th-ranked goaltender in our preview. He’s only an inch shorter than Carter Hart, and had a save percentage that was .002 lower – without the benefit of the defensive system that Hart had in Everett. Swedish netminder Daniel Marmenlind and Finnish goaltender Veini Vehviläinen were both expected to be drafted, but did not hear their names called. No Finnish goaltenders were selected in the draft this year.

17 of the 30 NHL teams selected at least one goaltender in the draft, with the Carolina Hurricanes selecting two. The following teams did not select a goaltender: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

2 Comments

  1. Todd

    Can we stop saying 6’1 is a small size fo goaltenders for christ sake! Some of the top goaltenders in the NHL today are 6’1. They don’t need to be Bishop size to be good. Anyone ever here of Quick, Lundqvist,& Ward all are 6’1. Size doesn’t mean skill level and all the other aspects that make a great goalie exceptional.

    • Paul Ipolito

      Well said. Thanks. This publication, and any other goalie-centric medium should stop repeating the same old-wives tales over and over.