by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #48 (March 2014)
- Hashtag: #MrReflex
- Team: #39, Plymouth, OHL
- Position: Goalie
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 6’0
- Weight: 182 lb.
- Born: Parma, OH, 7-Jan-96
- Twitter: @Alex_Nedel39
Since he's going to come up a lot this year, I got the pronunciation of Alex Nedeljkovic from Plymouth coach Mike Vellucci: Ne-DELL-kovitch
— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) August 13, 2013
- 30 – Craig Button, Mar-14
- 42 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
- 82 – NHL Combined – Final, Apr-14
- Number 2 goalie – ISS, Apr-14
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) March 16, 2014
— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) April 18, 2014
— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) April 27, 2014
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) October 19, 2013
Contains All the Prospects Profiled in This Series]
- Profile 1: NHL.com– The Canadian Press
- Profile 2: Flames.NHL.com– Mike G. Morreale
- Profile 3: AVTimes.net – Monte Stewart
- Profile 4:
— Anatoliy Metter (@ToliMetterTHW) May 6, 2014
- Quote 1: Brock Otten at OHLProspects.Blogspot.ca: “He’s not the biggest goalie (certainly doesn’t have the size teams have been looking for in netminders in recent years), but his agility allows him move so well in his crease that it compensates for a lack of size (if you want to call 6’0 a lack of size). Brian Finley was the last OHL goalie to be the first goalie taken in the draft and I think Nedeljkovic has a shot to do that (although let’s hope he turns out better than Finley did).”
- Quote 2: Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting at NHL.com: “He’s another very quick and athletic goalie; I like his drive and determination. He battles and has good strength in his crease area, has excellent recovery and lateral quickness. He’s got quick reactions, flaring out his pads to make low corner stops. He’s very smart and is capable of playing big games consistently.”
From the War Room
Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Alex Nedeljkovic:
- Mr. Reflex – Mr. Reflex is not the biggest goalie in the world at 6’0 but he uses unbelievable reflexes, sound positioning and the willingness to do just about anything to keep the puck out of the net to be a success, night after night – akin to Ryan Miller‘s style. He will do what it takes to keep the puck out of the net without putting forth any unnecessary movements, like a controlled chaos.
- Mental toughness – He was the mental fortitude to play his game with the same calmness whether he faces 20 or 50 shots a night.
- Puck handler – Yes, he can move the puck like modern-day goalies are expected to do.
- Top rated CHL goalie – Alex was the top ranked CHL goalie as rated by Bob MacKenzie’s poll of NHL scouts in January.
- Excellent down the stetch – February – .949 save %; March – .938 save %. It is little wonder that he was recently named OHL Goaltender of the Year.
- Draft placement – Can he make round one? There is a chance.
- April 19 update: As the goalie for Team USA, Alex just got a shutout against Team Czech Republic at the U18 WJC in Finland. The stock keeps rising.
- Video 1: Plymouth Whalers– Player Profile
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