This week’s prospects include CarterHart of the Everett Silvertips, Jake Kryski of the Kamloops Blazers and Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Hart – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Born: August 13, 1998 – Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hart has quickly established himself as one of the top young goalies in the WHL this season. His lightning quick glove hand and quick side-to-side movements frustrate his opponents. He steps up in big situations and doesn't just makes that one big save but shifts the momentum in his teams favor with his confidence. He is a confident butterfly goalie who gets real low to cut off more of an angle while keeping himself looking big.
Grade: Hart leads the WHL in most goalie categories including minutes played, Wins, Save %, and shutouts. A
Kryski – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Position: Left Wing
Born: March 8, 1998 – Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Weight: 175 lbs.
Kryski always seems to be on loose pucks in front of the net and knocking home rebounds. Kryski takes what he is given and uses it with patience. A pass-first type of player, he is a good puck mover and has a quick first stride that gives him the edge on the breakout. A sustained work ethic that lasts the whole season and consistent point production will help his stock. A real good two-way defensive forward who is good on the forecheck and pressures the puck well.
Grade: Won’t score a ton of points, but makes up for it with hard work and dedication to defense and setting up his linemates. B
Sawchenko – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Born: December 30, 1997 – Calgary, Alberta Canada
Weight: 180 lbs.
A real minutes-eating goaltender who has seen a lot of rubber over his two plus seasons in the WHL. Stays calm and plays consistently each time between the pipes. Lets pucks hit him and clears rebounds away with quickness. Good glove hand and keeps it up when shot is coming rather than dropping it to make the difficult save. Always seems to know where puck is going and reacts to it. He does a good job of closing off the five hole and stays low to close the bottom corners of the net.
Grade: Entering his draft year, Sawchekno is in his third WHL season and with a bit more mobility and flexibility, could be a top WHL Goaltending prospect. B+
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