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DRAFT CENTRAL: Show-stopping Backstoppers

Tuesday, 06.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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DRAFT CENTRAL: Show-stopping Backstoppers
Jonathan Bernier and Leland Irving

By Jason Lockhart

In this year's Entry Draft there are at least two netminders projected to become NHL starters.

With less than two weeks away from the June 24 Draft in Vancouver, here's a glimpse of the two top-ranked goalie prospects.


Jonathan Bernier
Laval, Quebec
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
2005-2006 Team: Lewiston (QMJHL)
2005-2006 Stats: W-L-T: 27-26-0, G.A.A.: 2.70, SVPCT: .908

 

It doesn't hurt Jonathan Bernier that he's French-Canadian. The province of Quebec is known for breeding quality NHL netminders including the likes of Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, two of Bernier's favorite players.

Bernier is not projected to be in the same class as his idols, but is still expected to be a first-stringer and a first round selection at this year's Draft.

The butterfly-style goaltender has quick feet and challenges shooters well. He covers the cross-ice crease feeds effectively because of his good lateral movement.

Known for controlling his rebounds, Bernier will if necessary battle hard to cover up loose pucks in his crease.

"He is a prototypical NHL goalie," one scout told The Hockey News. "He covers the angles well, he has a good glove hand and his focus is great."

Bernier put up excellent numbers in his second season with the Lewison Maineacs of the QMJHL, placing in the top six in wins (27), G.A.A. (2.70) and SVPCT (.908).

 

Leland Irving
Barrhead, Alberta
Height: 6-0
Weight: 177
2005-2006 Team: Everett (WHL)
2005-2006 Stats: W-L-T: 37-22-1, G.A.A.: 1.91, SVPCT: .925

 

If positive attitude lends itself to success, then Leland Irving is looking at a productive NHL career. Everyone raves about Irving's likeable personality.

One scout describes Irving as an "old-time goalie" who isn't fancy, but is a great kid off the ice.

Irving might not dazzle as much as Bernier, but he's steady and reliable, mirroring his game after Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Alberta native has already mastered the "paddle-down" technique used to prevent wrap-around and stuff attempts.

Irving's stick skills are also apparent by his dependability while playing the puck behind his net. He communicates well with his defensemen, making the smart breakout pass.

Along with his skillful stick, Irving displays a strong glove hand.

He also plays his angles well, coming far out of his crease and widening his stance, appearing bigger than his 6-0, 177-pound frame suggests.

Durability is a key component to Irving, who played in 80% of his club's games during the 2005-2006 season.

MORE OF THE DRAFT CENTRAL '06


 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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