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Top Goalie Prospects: Who is the best masked man in each team's pipeline?

Who is next in line for each net? We run down the top up-and-comers in each crease throughout the league.

Anaheim Ducks: Lukas Dostal was one of the youngest players on the Czech roster at the 2019 WJC. He was also a favorite, posting a .957 save percentage in four games. The 19-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Ducks in May. He’s the starter for Ilves in the Finnish League.

Arizona Coyotes: Arizona liked what it saw out of Adin Hill, 23, in 13 NHL games last season. Problem is, he has been passed on the depth chart by waiver claim Eric Comrie and Ivan Prosvetov. Hill didn’t take part in the team’s last practice in camp, reportedly upset with his slide down the depth chart.

Boston Bruins: Jeremy Swayman plays an aggressive style with a workhorse mentality. The 21-year-old started almost every game for Maine in 2017-18 and ’18-19, posting great numbers. He’s one of the NCAA’s best players, period. He’ll battle Kyle Keyser to become Tuukka Rask’s successor.

Buffalo Sabres: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, 20, is one of hockey’s best goalie prospects and the OHL’s reigning most outstanding player. He’s turned pro, but hip surgery cost him the start of 2019-20. Once healthy, he’ll start in AHL Rochester. Big and quick, he could be Buffalo’s No. 1 by next season.

Calgary Flames: With Tyler Parsons struggling to stay healthy and Jon Gillies stuck in neutral, the focus has shifted to 24-year-old Russian free-agent signing Artyom Zagidulin and 2019 seventh-round pick Dustin Wolf. Wolf’s save percentage in the WHL in the past three years: .928, .936, .945.

Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes have drafted a lot of goalies in recent years, but the newest is likely the best. After being passed over in the two previous drafts, Pyotr Kochetkov went 36th overall in 2019 after his star turn for Russia at the world juniors. The 20-year-old is finding his way in the KHL.

Chicago Blackhawks: Alexis Gravel continues to build his resume. Already with a QMJHL all-rookie team nod and Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold, the 19-year-old turned heads with a Most Outstanding Goaltender performance at the 2019 Memorial Cup. His next stop could be Canada’s crease at the WJC.

Colorado Avalanche: If Justus Annunen’s rookie season in the Finnish League is any indication, Philipp Grubauer may simply be keeping the crease warm in Colorado. Handed the reins as Karpat’s No. 1 goalie as a 19-year-old, Annunen’s freshman campaign began with four shutouts in seven games.

Columbus Blue Jackets: While the Blue Jackets also like Veini Vehvilainen, Daniil Tarasov, 20, has the most potential. The son of player-turned-goalie-coach Vadim Tarasov (who helped develop Andrei Vasilevskiy) not only has the pedigree, but he has a 6-foot-5 frame. He’s playing in Finland with Assat Pori.

Dallas Stars: Jake Oettinger fits the profile of a new-age netminder. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, the No. 26 pick in 2017 brings size, agility and reliability to the blue paint. The 21-year-old has proven he can be a team’s backbone, too, leading Boston U. to a Hockey East title as a sophomore.

Detroit Red Wings: As Detroit rides aging vets in net, the window will soon open for 21-year-old Filip Larsson. He set the USHL single-season SP record in 2017-18, excelled in college last year and now toils in AHL Grand Rapids. The Wings compare his patience to that of his idol, Henrik Lundqvist.

Edmonton Oilers: Olivier Rodrigue was the second goalie drafted in 2018 – 62nd overall out of Drummondville. The son of former Oilers goalie coach Sylvain Rodrigue won a QMJHL-high 35 games last season for the powerhouse Voltigeurs. Rodrigue, 19, is now with another juggernaut in Moncton.

Florida Panthers: At 13th overall last June, Spencer Knight, 18, was the highest-drafted goalie since Jack Campbell in 2010. Even at 18, Knight carries enormous expectations. He’s a freshman starter at Boston College and will be Team USA’s No. 1 at the WJC. He’s controlled yet explosive in net.

Los Angeles Kings: Cal Petersen is enjoying a third solid season with AHL Ontario. A 2013 Buffalo draft pick who played three years at NCAA Notre Dame, Petersen signed with the Kings as a free agent in 2017. He got into 11 NHL games last year and at 25 is ready to make the jump permanently.

Minnesota Wild: The adjustment to the North American game began last season for Kaapo Kahkonen, and the 23-year-old acquitted himself well as an AHL rookie, participating in all-star festivities and tying for the league lead with six shutouts. He carries the goalie-of-the-future tag for the Wild.

Montreal Canadiens: Big, athletic Cayden Primeau looks like a steal as a 2017 seventh-rounder. He won the Mike Richter Award as the top NCAA goalie last season, turned pro and has earned platoon duty with Charlie Lindgren in the AHL. Primeau, 20, could make the NHL as a backup by 2020-21.

Nashville Predators: After Pekka Rinne hands off to Juuse Saros, Connor Ingram could be next in line. Despite an abridged 22-game AHL season in 2018-19, Ingram, 22, tied for the league lead with six shutouts. Once the Lightning’s most promising goalie prospect, he’s getting a fresh start in Nashville.

New Jersey Devils: After cutting his teeth with Davos back home in Switzerland, 6-foot-5 Gilles Senn is finding his footing in North America with AHL Binghamton. While the 23-year-old was a backup in Davos, he’s now in a more balanced situation and getting the AHL reps he needs as a developing goalie.

New York Islanders: The wait is nearly over, as Ilya Sorokin’s KHL deal expires in April. Then, Isles fans can finally see one of the best young goalies on the planet. The 24-year-old is once again ruling the KHL, and his ability to handle pressure suggests he’ll be NHL-ready quickly.

New York Rangers: Call him a quick learner. Igor Shesterkin’s first North American foray was at the Traverse City prospects tourney, and he struggled early on. But once the 24-year-old got to the AHL, he was lights-out, just as he had been in the KHL. It won’t be long before he’s on Broadway.

Ottawa Senators: Since Mads Sogaard is raw and several years away, the Sens consider Filip Gustavsson, 21, their goalie of the future even though he hasn’t posted great numbers in the AHL yet. He impressed Ottawa in training camp, with his glove and rebound control earning rave reviews.

Philadelphia Flyers: With Carter Hart in the NHL, the Flyers need a new top goalie prospect. They have candidates, but a lot of them are struggling. Alex Lyon, 27, has been excellent with AHL Lehigh Valley and has had a couple stints with the Flyers, but they consider him more of an emergency option.

Pittsburgh Penguins: With so few draft picks in recent years, Pittsburgh hardly has any goalies in its system. But Emil Larmi, 23, has enough personality to fill the void. The AHL rookie has become a favorite on social media with his sense of humor. On the ice, he led HPK to a Finnish League title last season.

San Jose Sharks: The Sharks have drafted just four goalies the past decade, and only Mike Robinson and Zach Emond are still in the system. Good thing the team signed Josef Korenar, 21, as a free agent after the 2017 draft. He was an AHL all-star last season and he’s starring again this year.

St. Louis Blues: Ville Husso was third on the depth chart heading into last season, but no one could have predicted Jordan Binnington’s meteoric rise. The 24-year-old Husso remains in the AHL and stuck behind Binnington in the pecking order, but Husso is the projected backup in St. Louis.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning took Hugo Alnefelt 71st overall in 2019, their highest-drafted goalie since Andrei Vasilevskiy in 2012. Alnefelt, 18, is quick with good size. He’s off to a great start in Sweden this season. He and Magnus Chrona form the foundation of Tampa Bay’s goalie pipeline.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Joseph Woll has the edge on Ian Scott in the battle for Toronto’s future net. Woll, 21, has a huge wingspan at 6-foot-4 and the ability to make acrobatic saves. With the Leafs hurting for organizational depth, he turned pro from Boston College to compete for AHL starts.

Vancouver Canucks: Michael DiPietro, 20, would love to have a crack at improving his 7.00 GAA and .708 SP in the NHL sooner rather than later. But he may have to wait a while to see a second big-league game. In the meantime, the third goalie drafted in 2017 is having a terrific rookie AHL season.

Vegas Golden Knights: Alaska-born stopper Isaiah Saville, 19, lasted until the fifth round of the 2019 draft because of his relatively small frame. But the USHL’s goalie of the year has great lateral movement and won at every level he’s played. He’s off to a great college start with Nebraska-Omaha.

Washington Capitals: With Ilya Samsonov in the NHL, next up is Vitek Vanecek. He platooned with Samsonov in AHL Hershey last year and now shares the Bears’ crease with Pheonix Copley. Vanecek, 23, has decent size for a pro, but he can be streaky – and, in many cases, those are not positive streaks.

Winnipeg Jets: Mikhail Berdin showed off his puckhandling skills when he scored a goal in the USHL, but he’s proven to be a quite the puckstopper, too. He posted .927 and .912 SPs in the AHL and ECHL last year and the 21-year-old has become the No. 1 with the Jets’ top farm club this season.


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