June 14, 2004
2004 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Inside College Hockey will profile some of the best NHL Draft-eligible college players between now and when their names will be called, June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C. Check back often to get the scoop on where you can expect your favorite players to go on draft day.

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2003-04 Statistics: 26-12-2, 2.23 GAA, .917 sv. pct.

Central Scouting: 1st among North American goaltenders
The Hockey News: 8th

Background: The starter at Michigan since he arrived on campus as a 17-year-old in the fall of 2002, he led the Wolverines to the Frozen Four as a freshman and within a goal of a return trip this year. His best moment, however, came as the top goaltender for the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Scout's Take: “It seems to me that he’s always been a winner. He won at world juniors with the U.S. team, and he’s always done well at Michigan.

“Watching him play, you can see his athleticism in the way he handles the puck. He’s pretty aggressive, and moves well for a goaltender. He’s got good feet – he has to in order to get out and make outlet passes the way that he does.

“I don’t know if he had a great year for Michigan, but at World Juniors was obviously a great showcase for him. He has so much talent that he’s obviously going to go high, and could go very high. You could see a team trade up to the top 10 if they really want him."

INCH Projection: He should be the first goaltender taken, and could go as high as fifth overall – most likely somewhere between five and 10.

"Scout's Take" is Inside College Hockey's exclusive evaluation of the player from one or more NHL scouts. Scouts were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.

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