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2018 Draft Preview: Top Goalies

Get to know the top ranked goalies ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The 2018 NHL Draft takes place on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The Islanders hold the 11th and 12th overall picks in this year's draft and is getting you set with a look at the top prospects entering the draft. 

This week, we'll be previewing the top North American skaters, the top European skaters and top goalies.

*All rankings according to NHL Central Scouting. 


3. Amir Miftakhov

Position: G - Team: Irbis Kazan (MHL) - Height: 6'0 - Weight: 158 - Age: 18
2017-18 Stats: 26GP, 15-9-2, 1.91 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO

Amir Miftakhov had a solid season for Irbis Kazan in Russia's junior league, earning goalie of the month honors in November and January. The Russian goalie posted his best GAA and SV% in his second MHL season. 

Miftakhov was named a top three player on Russia at the U18 WJC. 

2. Jakub Skarek

Position: G - Team: Jihlava (Czech 2) - Height: 6'3 - Weight: 196 - Age: 18
2017-18 Stats: 9-12-0, 2.41 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO

Jakub Skarek played his third season in Czech's second division, finishing 10th in goals against average (2.41). Skarek led Czech's second division in wins (21) in 2016-17 and was part of Jihlava's championship run in 2015-16. 

Skarek has signed with the Lahti Pelicans in Finland's Liiga for next season. 

Internationally, Skarek won a gold medal at the 2016-17 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and has represented the Czechs at two straight World Junior Hockey Championships.

1. Lukas Dostal

Position: G - Team: Trebic (Czech 2) - Height: 6'1 - Weight: 158 - Age: 17
2017-18 Stats: 10-10-0, 2.43 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO

Lukas Dostal made his professional debut this season with Trebic in the Czech second division. The 17-year-old goalie - who turns 18 on draft night - went 10-10-0 last season with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage with two shutouts. 

Dostal was loaned to Trebic during the season, but returned to his junior club, Brno, for the playoffs and led them to a league championship. Dostal posted a 1.40 GAA and a .959 SV% in the playoffs with Brno. 

Dostal earned a silver medal at this year's Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and was named a top-three player on the Czech Republic at this year's U18 WJC. 



3. Alexis Gravel

Position: G - Team: Halifax (QMJHL) - Height: 6'3 - Weight: 222 lbs. - Age 18
2017-18 Stats: 39GP, 20-11-5, 3.38 GAA, .890 SV% 

Alexis Gravel was 20-11-5 this season and while he split the crease with Blade Mann-Dixon this season in Halifax, Gravel emerged as the Mooseheads starting goalie in the postseason and posted a series-clinching shutout in game five of the QMJHL first round.  

Gravel's numbers improved in the playoffs (4-4-0, 2.70 GAA, .917SV%), despite Halifax's second round exit. At 6'3, 220, Gravel is tall and big, two good qualities for a goalie. He was named to the QMJHL all-rookie team in 2016-17. 

2. Kevin Mandolese

Position: G - Team: Cape Breton (QMJHL) - Height: 6'4 - Weight: 180 lbs. - Age: 17
2017-18 Stats: 15-13-2, 3.46 GAA, .884 SV%, 1SO

Kevin Mandolese's second-year stats resembled his rookie record. The 17-year-old was 15-15-0 last season, while his GAA (3.46) and SV% (.884) were virtually unchanged from his rookie season. 

Mandolese was named to Canada's U18 WJC team, but did not play, backing up Olivier Rodrigue. At 6'4, 180 lbs., Mandolese's size is an asset. 

1. Olivier Rodrigue

Position: G - Team: Drummondville (QMJHL) - Height: 6'1 - Weight: 159 lbs. - Age: 17
2017-18 Stats: 31-16-2, 2.54GAA, .903SV%, 3SO

Olivier Rodrigue finished in the top-three in wins (31) and goals-against average (2.54) in the QMJHL. The 17-year-old netminder improved in his second season with Drummondville, doubling his win total, while dropping his GAA by over a goal. 

Rodrigue won a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and thrived at the U18 WJC, leading the tournament in GAA (1.33) and SV% (.949) while picking up a top-three player award on Team Canada. 

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