As a lead-in to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft June 20-21 in Ottawa, Ontario, NashvillePredators.com will be taking a look at the top prospects available in this year's draft class. Today we will continue with the top goaltenders.
1) Thomas McCollum (Guelph, OHL) - 51 games, 2.50 GAA, .914 SV%CSS-NA #1, HN-#38, ISS-#2
McCollum is one of the faster rising goaltenders by most scouting services. The OHL was loaded with skilled offensive players this season and McCollum got off to a slow start, but rebounded strong down the back half of the season. He will likely draw strong consideration for next year's Team USA entry in the World Junior Championships.
2) Chet Pickard (Tri-City, WHL) - 64 games, 2.32 GAA, .918 SV%CSS-NA #2, HN-#32, ISS-#1
Pickard had the unenviable task of following Carey Price at Tri-City, but settled in extremely well and become one the WHL's elite goaltenders this season. Because of the Tri-City connection and similar size, style, and relaxed demeanor, scouting services regularly compare Pickard to Price.
3) Jacob Markstrom (Brynas Jr, SWE Jr) - 22 games, 2.00 GAA, .931 SV%CSS-E #1, NH-#19, ISS-#3
Viewed by most scouting services as the top European goaltender in this year's draft class, Marksrom made a name for himself with his play for Sweden's junior national team. The scouting services note that he may not be as polished in his technique as some of the top North American goaltender prospects, but has enough raw talent to draw strong first round consideration.
4) Harri Sateri (Tappara Jr, FIN Jr) - 34 games, 2.99 GAA, .907 SV%CSS-E #2, HN-#34
Finland has become one of the top locales for NHL goaltenders and Sateri is viewed by the scouting services to be the top Finnish goaltender prospect in this year's draft class. Some scouting services note his need to improve his focus during games, but rave about his speed and ability to "scramble" during hectic flurries.
5) Peter Delmas (Lewiston, QMJHL) - 34 games, 2.84 GAA, .903 SV%CSS-NA #3
There's not much of a consensus among the scouting services as to the goaltender rankings this year. Delmas is viewed as the No. 3 North American goaltender prospect by Central Scouting. Due to a reduced workload playing behind LA Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier, Delmas was overlooked by many scouting services.Other names of note:
Braden Holtby (Saskatoon, WHL) - 64 games, 2.84 GAA, .908 SV%CSS-NA #4
Michael Hutchinson (Barrie, OHL) - 32 games, 3.02 GAA, .912 SV%CSS-NA #5
(Brynas, SWE) - 18 games, 3.07 GAA, .905 SV %CSS-E #3
Jacob Deserres (Seattle, WHL) - 34 games, 2.28 GAA, .922 SV%CSS-NA #6, HN-#69
Kevin Poulin (Victoriaville, QMJHL) - 52 games, 3.69 GAA, .887 SV%CSS-NA #7, HN-#65
Key: CSS-NA (Central Scouting-North American Goaltender Rankings), CSS-E (Central Scouting-European Goaltender Rankings), HN (The Hockey News), ISS (International Scouting Services)