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POTENTIAL LATER ROUND GEMS - GOALTENDERS

Torie Peterson highlights four goaltenders who could be diamonds in the rough in this year's draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

In addition to their first round pick, 12th overall*, the Flames own picks in the following rounds of the 2021 NHL Draft:

Round Two: 45th overall

Round Three: 77th overall

Round Three (via Edmonton): 84th overall**

Round Five: 141st overall

Round Six: 173rd overall

Round Seven: 205th overall

With this in mind, CalgaryFlames.com's Torie Peterson has profiled four goaltenders who may be available outside of the first round and could end up being potential diamonds in the rough:

 

 

Benjamin Gaudreau - Sarnia Sting (OHL)

Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 175 lb. Birthplace: North Bay, ON Catches: Left

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking (North American Goaltenders): 2

With the 2020-21 OHL season not able to proceed, Gaudreau was limited to playing just five games with Canada at the U18s, posting a 2.20 GAA and a .914 save percentage at the tournament. However, looking back at his body of work prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear why he landed second on this year's NHL Central Scouting final rankings.

 

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Benjamin Gaudreau makes a clutch save to keep Canada up by one. #U18Worlds pic.twitter.com/nNvYIuQ6gn

 

He's a well-rounded goaltender with plenty of attributes NHL scouts appreciate: a strong glove hand, solid vision for tracking pucks, quick reflexes, and a composed demeanour that keeps him level-headed no matter the situation.

Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images

 

 

Alexei Kolosov - Dinamo Minsk (KHL)

Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 185 lb. Birthplace: Minsk Belarus Catches: Left

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking (European Goaltenders): 2

Kolosov is likely to hear his name called in his second year of draft eligibility after a season that saw him suit up for Dinamo in the KHL, Molodechno in Belarus, and his country at the IIHF World Championship.

 

Tweet from @ErieOtters: Curious about what Alexei Kolosov can do? Here's a little highlight package showcasing some of his best stops pic.twitter.com/vxMfZvLaqa

 

He's very quick on his skates, moving well laterally, and is particularly hard to beat down low. He's a battler, never giving up on pucks, and that work ethic has helped him succeed despite being smaller in stature. Last summer, he was selected 22nd overall by the Erie Otters in the CHL Import Draft.

Photo courtesy of Belarus Ice Hockey Federation on Twitter

 

 

Thomas Milic - Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Height: 6-foot Weight: 170 lb. Birthplace: New Westminister, BC Catches: Left

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking (North American Goaltenders): 10

With the WHL's shortened season, Milic didn't see much action this past year but he was impressive during his 9-game run with Seattle. He went 5-4-0 with a 2.74 GAA, .913 save percentage, and one shutout. He also suited up for a pair of games with Canada at the U18s, posting a 0.50 GAA and a .975 save percentage.

 

Tweet from @TheWHL: 😮 THOMAS MILIC 😮 @SeattleTbirds pic.twitter.com/CTCzSzzCSO

 

A highly intelligent player who reads the play and tracks the puck extremely well, he's rarely out of position and isn't forced to make desperation saves often. Given his smaller frame, that ability to make smart and efficient plays will be what carries him to the next level.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Mast

 

 

Aku Koskenvuo - HIFK U20 (U20 SM-sarja)

Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 173 lb. Birthplace: Espoo, Finland Catches: Left

Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking (European Goaltenders): 4

Koskenvuo is an athletic, mobile netminder that moves extremely well in the blue paint. While his positioning will need refinement, he has the speed to make saves even when he's caught off-guard. He spent the 2020-21 season with HIFK's U20 squad and also represented Finland at the U18s, appearing in six games at the tournament.

 

Tweet from @eliteprospects: The Americans get a penalty shot, and they send out defenceman Lane Hutson (#2022NHLDraft) for the attempt.Aku Koskenvuo (#2021NHLDraft) stands tall for the Finns to preserve their 4-3 lead late in the 3rd period over the USA at the #U18Worlds though.https://t.co/BBOnfiDm8b pic.twitter.com/cHXV5QEVH8

 

The Finn has opted to head to the NCAA, committing to Harvard for the 2022-23 season.

Photo courtesy of Finnish Jr. Hockey on Twitter

* The Flames technically hold the 13th overall position in the opening round but will select 12th due to Arizona forfeiting their first round pick for violating NHL Combine testing policy during the 2019-20 season

** The Flames acquired the Oilers' third round pick in the trade that involved the acquisition of Milan Lucic in exchange for James Neal

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