September 27, 2007
Recruiting Trail: Top 10 Goaltenders

No disrespect meant to the names appearing on our list of the Top 10 Incoming Goaltenders, but more than one person we surveyed remarked that this year's crop of netminders was the weakest in recent memory.

Josh Unice would've been the top-rated goalie on this list, but the U.S. NTDP product and Chicago Blackhawks draft pick reneged on a commitment to Bowling Green in favor of the starting job with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers. The ensuing uncertainty among which incoming backstop deserved the top spot resulted in three different players appearing in the top spot during our deliberations. We finally settled on Bemidji State rookie Matt Dalton, who played for Des Moines (USHL) last season..

Inside College Hockey compiled its 2007 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.




School Last Team


Matt Dalton

Bemidji State Des Moines (USHL)

Dalton was the 2006 North American Hockey League MVP as a member of the Bozeman Ice Dogs. He played in a league-high 53 games for the Bucs last season, and paced the USHL with five shutouts.


Alex Kangas

Minnesota Indiana (USHL)

Struggled during the regular season, but played extremely well for the Ice in the playoffs. He went 6-1 with a 2.49 GAA and a .919 save percentage.


Richard Bachman

Colorado College Cedar Rapids (USHL)


Pat Nagle

Ferris State St. Louis (NAHL)

The 2007 NAHL Rookie of the Year sported a 24-8-4 record, a 2.28 GAA, and a .920 save percentage and backstopped the Bandits to the league championship.


Dan Dunn

St. Cloud State Wellington (OPJHL)

Though he's 19 years old, Dunn is considered a raw goalie with good reflexes and athleticism. And he stands a Ben Bishop-esque 6-5.


Brad Phillips

Notre Dame U.S. NTDP


Cameron Talbot

Alabama-Huntsville Hamilton (OPJHL)

Two CHA-bound netminders in the top 10? Believe it. Talbot was the OPJHL Western Division Player of the Year as well as the Ontario Hockey Association's Junior A Player of the Year.


Alan Reynolds

Princeton Jr. Canadiens (OPJHL)


Marc Cheverie

Denver Nanaimo (BCHL)


John Muse

Boston College Nobles Prep