By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on goaltender Carter Gylander.
While the focus on younger players reaching the NHL at an early age has been prevalent of late, that is not necessarily the case when it comes to goaltenders.
Goalies often need more time to develop, especially ones like Carter Gylander, whom the Detroit Red Wings took in the seventh round, 191st overall, in this past June's NHL Entry Draft.
Although it seems like such a late pick might not have a great chance to one day make the NHL, there are some good examples out there.
One of those is New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who was drafted in the seventh round, 205th overall, in the 2000 draft.
Lundqvist remained in Sweden to develop before coming to New York for the 2005-06 season.
Another is Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, drafted in the eighth round, 258th overall, in the 2004 draft.
After his draft, Rinne, also 6-foot-5, played one season in Finland before coming to North America to develop in the AHL.
Gylander is already tall at 6-foot-5 but is quite lean at just 172 pounds so physical development will be as important for him as technical development.
The Beaumont, Alberta native will spend one more season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before heading to college at Colgate University for the 2020-21 season.
22 -- Gylander played 22 games for the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders. Matt Berlin led the team with 38 games.
2.43 -- In those 22 games, Gylander recorded a 2.43 goals-against average, better than Berlin's 2.57.
.915 -- Gylander had a .915 save percentage last season, slightly behind Berlin's .917 save percentage.
3 -- Last season, Gylander had three shutouts, making 18-of-18 saves on Nov. 17 at the Olds Grizzlys, making 22-of-22 saves on Dec. 28 at the Lloydminster Bobcats and making 29-of-29 saves on Feb. 26 at the Whitecourt Wolverines.
1 -- Gylander played in one playoff game for the Crusaders, April 1 at the Spruce Grove Saints. Berlin played 12 playoff games.
1.94 -- In that one playoff game, Gylander had a 1.94 goals-against average.
.955 -- Gylander stopped 21 of 22 shots in that playoff game for a .955 save percentage.
Quotable: "Great human being, great person, very mature for his age. Someone I saw a lot on video this year, ranked very high on my list, both with his stature and his technical play. He's slated to go to Colgate in a year's time. He'll be the starter in the Alberta junior league in Sherwood Park. Carter only had played 22 games this year. I think he could have gotten more starts because they actually had an overage goalie in Sherwood Park. From Carter's standpoint, he fills a lot of the boxes that we need. To think this kid just turned 18 in early June and to see just how he's handled himself in his first development camp, he's been impressive. In the 3-on-3, I thought he handled his own, he's been very good in the goalie sessions. Not knowing a lot about his personality, prior to the draft, but seeing on video and connecting with his goalie coach at Sherwood Park, he's just truly a tremendous human being. We're going to expect a lot in the next 2-3 years. I can't wait to see his progress in college because I think he's going to be a force at Colgate." -- Brian Mahoney-Wilson, Red Wings goaltending development coach