2015 NHL Draft War Room: The Top Five Goalies

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)

Here are the top five goaltenders eligible for the 2015 draft. Note that none of these lads have really stood out head and shoulders above the others and demanded they be chosen as the top goaltender. It is still a roll of the dice, as it often seems to be when it comes to drafting netminders. All five of the following goalies are ranked in the 2015 NHL Draft War Room Top 100 Rankings, with four positioned to be contenders to be drafted in the first two rounds at this point in the hockey season.

You probably could throw Sweden’s Felix Sandstrom and Finland’s Veini Vehviläinen into the mix as well. Usually one or two dark horses appear seemingly out of nowhere in the new year as well. Stay tuned, the season is still early.

(Overall December War Room ranking in brackets from NHL Draft Ultimate Prospect Tracker; stats through Dec. 20th)

Daniel Vladar (39th from 43rd pre-season)

HC Kladno, CZE 2 professional league, G, 6’5, 185 (7 – 2.11 – .930)

MacKenzie Blackwood (46th from 35th pre-season)

Barrie, OHL, G, 6’4, 215 (15 – 3.63 – .895)

MacKenzie Blackwood
MacKenzie Blackwood: one of the top goalie prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling)

Callum Booth (47th from 47th pre-season)

Québec, QMJHL, G, L, 6’3, 196 (19 – 2.89 – .905)

Matej Tomek (60th from Honourable Mention pre-season or 61 to 70)

Topeka, NAHL, G, L, 6’3, 181 (11 – 1.25- .944)

Ilya Samsonov (84th from unranked pre-season)

Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, MHL, G, L, 6’3, 201 (10 – 2.19 – .929)

 

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