The Edmonton Oilers scouting department felt they needed to add some goalie prospects to the mix and so the club took a pair on day two of this year’s draft: Zachary Nagelvoort and Keven Bouchard.
Nagelvoort, taken in the fourth round (111th overall), just finished a solid freshman year at the University of Michigan where he posted a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage.
“He was a little bit of a late developer coming out of the North American Hockey League,” Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said. “He’s a goaltender who had a tremendous freshman year. I think he had an almost .930 save percentage. They were a middle-of-the-road team but he got them in the playoffs. We look at him as a goaltender that will continue to advance with good training and initiative.”
Bouchard, taken 183rd overall, was the backup goaltender for Val d’Or in the QMJHL, which made it difficult to fully scout him. But MacGregor says he likes what he saw in the limited action.
“We had a bit of an eye on him from the previous year. I just happened to be at a game one night where he did play and he did get a period at the Memorial Cup and I saw that. He’s a guy with potential. You want to look at kids that have potential. If you saw him there he’s very fit, very strong and he’s wiling to put in the work to get better.”
MacGregor says the scouts were the ones to convince Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish to pull the trigger on the goalies.
“I had to fight with him to draft a goaltender. We just needed to add something. These guys have some potential we feel and if we can do it right and they can develop well we feel we have an opportunity to have some more depth.”