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Who's your goalie?

by Mike G. Morreale
Central Scouting goalie scout Al Jensen finally received his moment in the spotlight just prior to lunch. The overhead projector was switched over to Jensen's side of the room and the boys got a lesson on the goalie prospects around North America.

Keep in mind, the top 8 goalies on the final list will be invited to the NHL Combine in May.

Here are the numbers for the top 5 goaltenders that Central Scouting had listed on their mid-term rankings.

1-John Gibson, USNTDP, 2.60 GAA, .920 save percentage
2-Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi, 2.42, .920
3-Matej Machovsky, Brampton, 2.90, .904
4-Liam Liston, Brandon, 3.77, .880
5-Matt McNeely, USNTDP, 3.82, .893

Jensen went one by one, starting from the top. Many of the scouts, who obviously were involved with keeping tabs on skaters for much of the year, also watched a few of the top goalies. Opinions were raised, but Jensen, of course, had the final vote.

Jensen presented a detailed and statistically sound report -- he didn't hold back anything and, as expected, is regarded as the goaltending guru of the group. Amazingly, he had a spreadsheet consisting of 51 goalie prospects!

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