For the fourth straight draft, and the fifth time in six years, the Montreal Canadiens chosen a goaltender within the NHL Draft. This time, they used a sixth spherical choose to pick Alberta-native Emmett Croteau from Waterloo within the USHL.
Birthplace: Bonnyville, Alberta
Date of beginning: December 7, 2003
Weight: 194 lbs.
staff: Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
Croteau is dedicated to Clarkson College in New York State within the NCAA for subsequent season, and that’s the place he’ll proceed his growth. He simply completed his second season within the USHL. Within the 2020-21 season, he was named to the Second All-Rookie Staff.
His USHL numbers do not leap off the web page, however his .899 save proportion this previous season was adequate for tenth within the league. He additionally performed six playoff video games this season, with a 3-3 file, 2.71 objectives towards common, and a .913 save proportion. His staff gained the primary sequence earlier than falling within the best-of-three sequence in spherical two.
His numbers on the U18 degree present why the Canadiens thought there might be some potential. He was ranked tenth amongst North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting. FC Hockey had him ranked 269th, whereas Recruit Scouting had him at #199.
“He is an enormous goalie who strikes extraordinarily nicely,” stated Canadiens co-director of novice scouting Nick Bobrov. “He will Clarkson, so by way of growth curve in faculty that provides him sufficient time to develop. Our goalie consultants have been fairly excessive on this child. This wasn’t a draft the place goalies have been going within the first or second spherical. We needed to seek out the perfect goalie we may discover a little bit bit later and he was primary on that record and we’re very blissful to seek out him.”
Croteau has been taking on-line highschool courses at his Alberta faculty whereas taking part in for Waterloo within the USHL. He has been taking part in hockey outdoors of Alberta for 3 seasons. Previous to the USHL, he performed highschool hockey in California and U18 hockey with the Ontario Jr Reign. Whereas there, he gained goaltender of the yr honors, in addition to a state championship and was named to the tutorial all-star staff.
As is the case for many goaltenders, measurement is a profit. Each goalie the staff has picked after 2017 has been 6’3” or taller.
Croteau was the primary Waterloo goaltender to be drafted since Jared Moe in 2018. His teammate Sam Rinzel was the twenty fifth general choose by the Chicago Blackhawks. Croteau’s brother Carson is a defenseman and was simply drafted within the eleventh spherical (227th general) of the WHL Bantam Draft.
There’s clearly lots of growth to be completed, however the mixture of measurement and athleticism has the Canadiens optimistic. It should be stated that they’ve had good luck on this regard as Cayden Primeau, Frederik Dichow, and Jakub Dobes have progressed properly within the group.
The staff will certainly monitor his progress at Clarkson subsequent season and past, and really feel it’s an setting that may assist his growth.