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NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings: North American Goaltenders - 1-5

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
1 Malcolm Subban, Belleville (OHL)

Born: December 21, 1993

Born In: Toronto, ON

Catches: Left

GP: 39   GAA: 2.50   SV%: .923
LOWDOWN: Subban is known for his athleticism and he's extremely agile. He's able go post to post extremely quickly and has superb reflexes. In terms of his glove hand, you'd be hard-pressed to find a goaltender in this draft class that is comparable. Subban's blocker work is also top notch. Scouts have praised his poise and how calm he remains under pressure.

WHAT SCOUTS SAY: “I see Malcolm as Carey Price. He's calm and poised. I find Fleury as more of an acrobatic goalie and getting out there, but Malcolm is very good with his positioning with outstanding lateral ability and quickness. He can make the big save to turn a game around, but he covers post-to-post so well with his butterfly. His leg extension is incredible and he has a very quick glove hand." - NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen to

2 Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Born: May 11, 1994

Born In: Centreville, NS

Catches: Left

GP: 36  GAA: 2.74   SV%: .896
LOWDOWN: Whitney is a mammoth in the blue paint, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 193 lbs. He's extremely athletic for his size and is able to get across the crease very quickly. Whitney put together a 22-4-4 record in the 2011-12 regular season and had two shutouts to his name. Victoriaville was swept in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs but Whitney turned in an admirable performance considering he faced 71 shots in the three games he suited up for.

3 Jake Paterson, Saginaw (OHL)

Born: May 3, 1994

Born In: Mississauga, ON

Catches: Left

GP: 42   GAA: 3.42   SV%: .904
LOWDOWN: The Saginaw Spirit relied heavily on Paterson in the OHL playoffs and thanks to his performance in the postseason, they managed to keep pace with the heavily favoured London Knights in the second round. They fell in Game 6 but at one point, they had a 2-1 lead over the OHL's top team. In 12 postseason starts, Paterson posted a 3.05 GAA and a .903 save percentage. He made 324 stops during the playoffs and cemented himself as one of the top netminders in North American junior hockey.

4 Anthony Stolarz, Corpus Christi (NAHL)

Born: January 20, 1994

Born In: Edison, NJ

Catches: Left

GP: 50   GAA: 2.84   SV%: .920
LOWDOWN: The Edison, NJ product's stock has risen steadily this season after a tremendous showing with Corpus Christi this season. His 23-22-4 record may not catch anyone's attention but he played on a team with a losing record and still put up a 2.84 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Described as a hybrid butterfly goalie, Stolarz is superb in his lateral movements, rebound control and he absolutely refuses to give up on a shot. Stolarz has committed to the University of Omaha-Nebraska.

5 Francois Tremblay, Val d'Or (QMJHL)

Born: August 29, 1994

Born In: Baie-Comeau, QC

Catches: Left

GP: 57   GAA: 3.79   SV%:  .882
LOWDOWN: Tremblay suited up for 57 games with the Foreurs, going 22-28-4 with two shutouts. His lateral movements are quick and he seals the ice very well. Tremblay makes good use of his stick and looks very comfortable sweeping away low shots. His glove positioning is strong and his blocker work is also solid.
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