CATCHES RIGHT: L
DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: Canada (U-18 WJ); 5GP, 5-0, 2.20 GAA, .919%
RANKING: 2nd Ranked North American Goaltender - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ
"His style and composure in net remind me of Carey Price. … The team that gets this goaltender will be getting a guy that definitely has a chance to be a future NHL starting goalie."
-Mathieu Sheridan, The Hockey News
CUT TO THE CHASE
Benjamin Gaudreau will be a very difficult prospect to gauge. For one, he was one of many prospects who lost a season of development and play as the Sarnia Sting and Ontario Hockey League were shut down for the year due to COVID-19. And his last junior season on record, 2019-20, didn't see him produce remarkable numbers: 10-13-2 record, 4.34 GAA and .890 save percentage.
However, if you dig deeper and watch the film, you can see that he played well above what his numbers suggested. The team in front of him was one of the league's worst, offering little help on most nights. You could see the intangibles: size, calm, tracks the puck well and athletic.
Those traits were on full display during the World Under-18 Junior Championship when Gaudreau led Team Canada to a gold medal while going 5-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .919 save percentage. I guess the film doesn't lie.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gaudreau made his OHL debut for Sarnia by posting a 49-save victory against Barrie on Oct. 17, 2019.