Recruiting Trail: Top 10 Goaltenders
While the top spot was, in many ways, the easiest
part of our Top
20 Forwards and Top
20 Defensemen rankings. Not so with our list of the Top
10 Incoming Goaltenders, where we found significant debate
over the first and second positions.
There are probably multiple reasons for this,
beginning with the fact that Joe Palmer (Ohio State) and Alex
Stalock (Minnesota Duluth) enter school with similarly impressive
credentials. But there may be more to it, specifically this:
goalies are unpredictable, as seen in last year's INCH rankings,
which some may say should have flip-flopped No. 1 (Minnesota's
Jeff Frazee) with No. 10 (Miami's Jeff Zatkoff).
Inside College Hockey compiled its 2006 Recruiting
Rankings with extensive input from college and junior coaches,
as well as professional scouts. Participants were asked to
evaluate recruits based on their projected impact at the college
level, not on their professional hockey prospects.
Stay tuned in the coming days for our exclusive
ranking of the top incoming classes and our annual all-name
10 INCOMING GOALTENDERS
Steady, if unspectacular,
goaltender squares to the shooter and plays the angles
well. May not steal a game for his team, but gives
them a chance to win every night.
Cedar Rapids (USHL)
The USHL's first-team
all-star goaltender got some support for the top spot
on this list. A year older than Palmer, his transition
may be easier as a freshman, although most give Palmer
the edge long term.
Des Moines (USHL)
Another in this year's
line of solid fundamental goaltenders, Foster may
hold an advantage over his fellow freshmen in how
he challenges shooters and controls rebounds.
St. Cloud State
Sherwood Park (AJHL)
A 1988 birthdate, Weslosky
would have entered a year from now had Tim Boron not
left school early. Arriving early may cost him minutes,
but will allow him to ease into the college game behind
starter Bobby Goepfert.
Last year the Bobcats
brought in an outstanding, but underrated, freshman
class. Kleimann, who was 24-4-2 in the OPJHL last
season, gives them a highly touted goaltending prospect.
Opinions are widely mixed
on the agile Bennett, but the consensus is this: he
should stay away from Agganis Arena when the basketball
court is down, after missing half of last season after
separating his shoulder in a pickup hoops game.
New Hampshire (EJHL)
Like Weslosky (above)
and Grieco (below), Simpson is coming to school a
year ahead of schedule. Steven Ritter's departure
made room for Simpson, the EJHL Goaltender of the
Green Mountain (EJHL)
St. Michael's (OPJHL)
Holds the bulk of the
career goaltending records for the OPJHL's St. Michael's
Buzzers, a significant acheivement for a franchise
that boasts Jason Muzzatti and Sean Burke as alums.