GLENDALE -- Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov is finding his groove in his first season competing in the Ontario Hockey League.
Prosvetov, a goalie from Russia whom the Coyotes drafted 114th overall last year, recently won nine games in a row for the Saginaw Spirit and was named the Goalie of the Week for the Canadian Hockey League - which oversees the OHL, the Western Hockey League (WHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
In three games that week, Prosvetov, the eighth goalie drafted in 2018, posted a 3-0-0 record, including one shutout, a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .969 save percentage. In that shutout vs. Sudbury, Prosvetov made 54 saves - the most by an OHL goaltender in a shutout in nearly eight years.
Prosvetov, 19, has compiled a 21-7-3 record for Saginaw this season and co-leads the OHL with three shutouts.
The Coyotes drafted Prosvetov because they like his athleticism and flexibility - he sometimes does cartwheels on the ice while wearing his goalie gear. Arizona also likes how he plays with confidence.
"I love playing goalie," Prosvetov said during Coyotes rookie camp last September. "When you make a save you feel like you did something special. And I really like playing in the smaller rinks (in North America). It's more fun. You always have to be in position to save the puck. In the Olympic rinks, you're kind of just chilling sometimes."