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The Hockey News Goalie Issue 2018

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minor lessons, major upside

WHEN ILYA SAMSONOV arrived at the Washington Capitals’ development camp this summer, nearly everything was foreign. The 21-year-old couldn’t speak English and the practices were longer and more intense than he was used to. Even his equipment was new after his own goalie gear got lost during his travel across the Atlantic. The camp was an early reminder that although the Capitals have high expectations for their 2015 first-round pick (22nd overall), he’ll have to first navigate through a potentially challenging maiden campaign in North America. “He understands there’s a transition,” said Washington goaltending coach Scott Murray, “and there are things that are different from where he was to where he is now.” After three years spent primarily as the backup for his hometown Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the KHL, Samsonov is set…

6 Min
keeping up with jones

MARTIN JONES REMEMBERS the first time he was blocking shots in front of a big crowd inside an NHL arena. He was 13. The Vancouver Canucks were holding their annual skills competition at what was then GM Place. It was a charity fundraiser, and his peewee team had been selected to go through the same drills as the pros. Young Martin felt at home in the building. His father, Harvey, was an executive in the Canucks’ front office and was the administrator in charge of the 18,910-seat rink. There were a handful of times when young Martin got to hang around the dressing room when the players were there, giving him a taste of what was to come. Still, Jones played down the idea that his family connection gave him a…

4 Min
western conference

>ANAHEIM DUCKS With John Gibson just 25 and looking solid for another decade, does it matter? LUKAS DOSTAL was the sixth goalie drafted in 2018 (85th overall) and will spend a few seasons working his way up the ladder in the Czech Republic. Not big, but he’s very quick and athletic. >ARIZONA COYOTES With seven goalies in the system, the Coyotes are taking a dart board approach to their crease future. None of the seven are true bluechippers, but ADIN HILL and HUNTER MISKA have shown potential with Tucson. Hill is a towering 6-foot-6 shot-blocker, while Miska is more acrobatic. >CALGARY FLAMES TYLER PARSONS has had a rough start to his pro career, with pedestrian numbers in the ECHL last season and spotty play early this year in the AHL. But the WJC star for…

4 Min
save the best for last

“BOY, I BET HE wishes he could have that one back,” is a phrase I’m sure Flyers fans have gotten used to on Philadelphia broadcasts over the years, and the current goaltending platoon of Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth and now Calvin Pickard have not helped the situation. The potential cure for all this is youngster Carter Hart, who had a wonderful junior career that included a gold medal at the world juniors with Canada, not to mention countless awards with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. Hart was twice named the CHL’s goaltender of the year, and last season he was the WHL’s player of the year thanks to his dominance between the pipes. And yes, I see the appeal in getting the Flyers some decent goaltending right now. Up front, the squad…

4 Min
eastern conference

>BOSTON BRUINS After impressing the Bruins at their 2017 prospect tournament, KYLE KEYSER signed as an undrafted free agent and has been rising up the ranks since. Once the athletic Oshawa Generals goalie learns not be so overactive in the net, there’s a good chance of an NHL future. >BUFFALO SABRES Finland finished a disastrous sixth at the 2018 WJC and goalie UKKO-PEKKA LUUKKONEN disappointed along with his teammates. But the Sabres took a chance on him in the second round in 2017 and it’s paying off. He has been a key part of Sudbury’s strong start in the OHL. >CAROLINA HURRICANES Carolina has drafted several goalies recently, and finding creases for all of them has been a challenge. JEREMY HELVIG spent an overage year in the OHL for that reason, but he looks like…

4 Min
the bridge president

JOHN A. ZIEGLER JR., whose tenure as NHL president was bookended by two tumultuous events – the league’s war with the WHA in the late 1970s and the 1992 NHLPA strike – died at 84 in Florida Oct. 25, 2018. No cause was given by the league in its announcement, although it was believed Ziegler had been in failing health for months. A native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Ziegler became the NHL’s first U.S.-born chief executive in 1977, replacing 72-year-old Clarence Campbell, who had been president since 1946. Ziegler was a force in the league’s boardroom before becoming president – first as an alternate governor for the Detroit Red Wings, then chairman of the board of governors – and was admired for his diplomacy. Throughout the 1970s, the NHL was hemorrhaging money…