With the 54th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames looked to bolster their goaltending depth with Memorial Cup winning netminder Tyler Parsons.
The London Knights starter has progressed steadily throughout his OHL career, dramatically improving over the last two years. In the 2015-16 regular season, the Chesterfield, MI product rattled off a 37-9-3 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage. In the playoffs, he went 16-1-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
"He’s a real competitive kid, he’s really athletic, he’s a battler, and he’s won," Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained. "There’s still lots of growth to come but they love his resume, love how competitive he is and love the athleticism. He’s a guy we did a lot of homework on and if he was there at one of our second rounders, they wanted to jump on him."
Here are what a few scouting services had to say about Parsons:
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES - RANKED 8TH OVERALL (GOALTENDERS)
Parsons had an impressive season backstopping the London Knights to another OHL Championship and trip to 2016 Memorial Cup. He was given the bulk of the workload and didn’t disappoint. He’s a very competitive goalie who never gives up on a shot. He’s very active in the net and shows very good skills. Sometimes gets himself out of position by being too active. Handles the puck aggressively. He has the ability to elevate his game in key situations.
FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS - RANKED 68TH OVERALL
Parsons is a quick and athletic netminder who shows off his quick reflexes with timely saves. He seems to build his game around making the initial save. His rebound control has improved this season from bad to solid as he deflects pucks out of trouble when they are not able to be absorbed into his equipment. Parsons shows impressive quickness by dropping into the butterfly and then shooting up or across the crease through scrambles in front, coming up with big stops. His glove hand reacts quickly, even though it is not always in position, especially when he is moving. His edge work is impressive which leads to his ability to push off and shift to get across the crease. He has good ability to stretch and is flexible making desperation second saves while swimming to close off the bottom of his crease. Parsons anticipates centering passes around his crease and quickly reacts by lunging forward in tight form to get his glove on it and prevent any damage. He isn’t afraid to shoot out and challenge the shooter, showing an aggressive mindset when the time is right. He seals off his posts well and closes holes in his stance. He wasn’t always tested this season due to the team that plays in front of him, but he has bailed out the Knights, making key saves when the time called for it, and he holds some solid potential going forward.
RED LINE REPORT - RANKED 51ST OVERALL
Highly underrated. Everyone just assumes he’s got the easiest job in hockey playing in net behind London’s offensive juggernaut. But he has been outstanding in his own right, and comes up with a lot of key saves when they are required. Has been the difference maker in a number of games during London’s run to the Memorial Cup. Concentration and focus have been lazer sharp, especially when London dominates for long stretches and he doesn’t see any rubber, then suddenly faces a tough chance. Solid positionally and squares up well to shooters. Plays with an economy of motion and allows play to come to him. Good flexibility and athleticism, slides post-to-post quickly. Has a very sharp glove. Scrambles well to get back in position for 2nd shots. Well balanced in his stance. Size is just average. Gives up a few too many juicy rebounds that are unnecessary - needs to absorb better.