With the Toronto Maple Leafs having a luxurious quantity of goaltending depth, It might be simple to miss one in every of their goalie prospects, Ian Scott, who simply inked an ATO with the Marlies yesterday afternoon.
And it’s not arduous to grasp why the Prince Albert Raiders beginning net-minder is oftentimes forgotten about.
If you scroll down Toronto’s depth chart, you’ll come upon notables names like Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard, who’ve been the spine of the Marlies first-place marketing campaign all season lengthy.
Then, there’s Kasimir Kaskisuo, who was loaned to a different AHL crew, the Chicago Wolves, as he’s just too good to be treading in the ECHL. And not far behind is Boston College standout and two-time U.S world Junior goalie, Joseph Woll, the Leafs third spherical draft choose in 2016.
But even with so many goalies forward of Scott, he’s actually value maintaining a tally of.
“He’s for sure a top 3-5 goalie in the WHL,” said Raiders forward Jordy Stallard, who is currently with the Manitoba Moose on an ATO. “He’s a young guy and he’s really good. He’s had an outstanding WHL career so far.”
The reward for Scott, 19, doesn’t simply come from his teammates which might be merely tooting his horn. Many round the league maintain Scott in a excessive regard, simply ask somebody who performs towards him 4 occasions a 12 months.
“I believe he’s undoubtedly one in every of the extra high-end goalies in the league,” mentioned Brandon Wheat Kings ahead Stelio Mattheos. “A big guy whose quick and good positionally. He’s pretty solid in my opinion.”
Several gamers round the WHL, not simply on the Prince Albert Raiders, instructed The Nation Network that they’d rank Scott as a top-five goaltender in the WHL.
To achieve some extra data on Scott, I reached out to resident goalie guru, Catherine Silverman, for some extra intel
Here’s her tackle Scott.
When Cat discusses Scott being frolicked to dry, she’s talking about the the Prince Albert Raiders weak defensive corpse that, over the course of the previous couple of seasons, has frolicked Scott to dry.
Especially, in his draft 12 months.
“We were kind of in a rebuilding phase but it was good for him,” said Cavin Leth, a teammate of Scott’s during the Raiders 11th place 2016-2017 campaign. “He got to play a lot of games, and get a lot of starts. He definitely kind of blossomed throughout the season.” The Calgary Alta native posted a 12-31-Zero file and completed the 12 months off with a .895 SV% and a Three.69 GAA.
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While he manned the crease for a Raiders crew that allowed the second most pictures in the league, it was arduous for Scott to make a lot noise in his draft 12 months. In a high-scoring league like the WHL, it’s unfair to guage goaltenders off their statistics. Especially with Scott, the place he was being hung-out to dry on 2 on 1’s and a couple of on Zero’s, recreation after recreation.
That ain’t simple for an 18-year-old, however Scott dealt with it in stride.
“He took a lot of criticism,” said Kelly Guard, Prince Albert’s goalie consultant. “With the goaltending position, you’re either overpraised or over-criticized. We talked a lot about that. He just kind of brushed off and did his thing. He learnt along the way.”
But nonetheless, even with middle-of-the-pack numbers and having a comparatively quiet 2016-2017 season, it was obvious Scott oozed of potential.
Besides, the Raiders chosen him ninth total in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, which was the highest a goaltender was chosen since Carey Price was drafted seventh total by the Tri-City Americans in 2002.
The Leafs chosen Scott in the fourth spherical of the 2017 draft, and also you’d need to marvel the place he may’ve gone if he wasn’t. on a crew in the basement of the WHL’s standings.
“I used to be shocked he didn’t go larger [in the NHL draft],” mentioned Raiders defenceman Max Martin. “I say he’s a top-five goalie in our league for sure.”
But for Scott, it didn’t matter the place he was chosen–he was simply pleased to be drafted by an original-six crew like Toronto.
“It was a fairly cool feeling. When you develop up, the Leafs are a fairly massive title,” Scott instructed The Nation Network. “Just with what they’ve carried out for the sport of hockey, and the metropolis—it’s actually cool being drafted by them.”
Once he was chosen by the Leafs, Scott’s development actually began to come back to mild, and it caught the eye of Prince Albert’s teaching workers.
“Getting him to get some experience at [Leafs] development camp this summer made a big difference,” said Guard. “He really got an eye-opening on how these guys prepare and look after themselves on and off. the ice.”
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After attending the Leafs improvement camp in the summer time, Scott caught round for components of the crew’s major camp. He even was paired up with Toronto’s beginning goalie, Frederik Andersen, from time-to-time.
Heading into his 2017-2018 marketing campaign, it was clear that Scott could be backstopping a rather more improved Prince Albert squad.
Still, Scott was the x-factor in the Raiders securing the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. He completed the 12 months with a 24-16-Three file and he managed to deliver his GAA down to three.10, and enhance his SV% to .897–whilst Prince Albert’s defence woes continued.
“He was our go-to guy, game-in and game-out,” mentioned Martin. “And then in [the] playoffs, he stood on his head for us and took us to recreation seven towards [Moose Jaw], the high crew. He was large for us.”
Moose-Jaw averaged four.50 targets per recreation throughout the common season, however Scott restricted them to three.14 targets by the first-round. Plus, he held 70-goal scorer Jayden Halbgewachs to only one objective in the first-round.
“He stored us in it [in games] the place they may have had 5 or 6 targets,” mentioned Martin.
After a powerful efficiency in the first-round of the playoffs, Scott returned house to Calgary to unwind from the season. The day he obtained house, he obtained the name that he was going to be headed to the Leafs affiliate, after which he flew out to Toronto the following day.
Scott might be becoming a member of an unofficial improvement camp, of kinds. For the previous few years, the Marlies have taken full-advantage of the AHL not having a roster restrict, as they’ve carried over 30 gamers at a time, for the last stretch of the common season and into the post-season.
“When you get to be around that playoff atmosphere, you just got to soak it all in and learn from it,” said Guard, a former minor-league goaltender himself. “Head down, eyes up mentality, and try to make a good first impression.”
And to not point out attending to be teammates with goaltenders like Sparks and Pickard.
“They’re two great goalies,” said Scott. “I’m excited to learn lots from them when I get the chance. Being here in Toronto, with the Marlies, is a great opportunity.”
The probabilities of Scott getting some ice-time between the pipes with the Marlies isn’t out of the realm of chance, but it surely’s unlikely.
Even as the Leafs affiliate faces off towards Laval (twice) and Belleville, to shut out their common season, two of the AHL’s worst crew’s, it’s unlikely Sheldon Keefe throws the 19-year-old into the combine that rapidly.
Nevertheless, time round professional gamers, the Leafs improvement workers, and goalies resembling Sparks and Pickard may do nice wonders of confidence for Scott heading into this years improvement camp, major camp, and his last WHL season.
Keep your eye out for Ian Scott.