Vaughn CHL Goalie of Week: Plymouth’s Nedeljkovic
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2014 NHL Draft prospect Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week.
Nedeljkovic backstopped the Whalers to two road wins last week while posting a 1.92 goals-against-average and .938 save percentage. He started with 19 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa 67’s on Friday, then stopped 42 of 44 – and two of three in a shootout – to earn First Star honours on Sunday afternoon and hand the previously undefeated Kingston Frontenacs a 3-2 loss.
Nedeljkovic, a 17-year-old from Parma, Ohio, is playing in his second OHL season with the Whalers and is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. He was the only North American goaltender listed as a first round candidate by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary Players to Watch List for the 2013-14 season.
Nedeljkovic also won the Vaughn CHL Goalie of the Week award once last season, and InGoal caught up with him at the time for a lengthy and enlightening question-and-answer session you can still read.
Also considered for the award this week was last week’s winner Sebastien Auger of the Saint John Sea Dogs, who was strong between the pipes once again posting a 1-1-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.01 and save percentage of .949. In the WHL, Daniel Wapple of the Medicine Hat Tigers picked up a win in his only start of the week stopping 35 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.
2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)