Nicolas Daws of Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League has all the qualities needed to be a high-quality starting goalie in the NHL.
Al Jensen, who specializes in goalies for NHL Central Scouting, joined hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale on the latest edition of NHL Draft Class to discuss Daws and other top North American goalies eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.
Daws (6-foot-4, 199 pounds) is No. 1 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goalies after going unselected in the 2019 NHL Draft. Another season of development, as well as reshaping his body, has helped the 19-year-old become a strong candidate to play in the NHL someday.
"There are certain qualities that an NHL goalie has to have to play at that top NHL level," Jensen said. "As a junior goalie you don't see it all the time. You know there's some developing for the kid but ... he has got that poise, that confidence, that coolness in the net. He doesn't let anything bother him. He gets a goal scored on him, that's fine, he just plays his game.
"You see four or five years down the road, if he's got those qualities now, an NHL team and an NHL goalie guy working with him, imagine the level he'll be at in years to come."
Jensen also gives his scouting report, and makes some interesting NHL comparables, on two other top goalie prospects, Drew Commesso of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team and Will Cranley of Ottawa of the OHL.
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