NHL Entry Draft Profile: Jake Paterson
Now that my weekly “In the Cage” column for NHL.com’s fantasy hockey microsite is done for the 2011-12 season, I have shifted gears to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Leading up to the release of Central Scouting’s final season rankings on Monday April 9, I have written profiles on three different draft-eligible goaltenders. Below are introductions and links to those articles.
Compared to bantam and triple-A goaltenders, Ontario Hockey League goalies experience life in the fast lane. And while many 17-year-olds struggle to keep up with the pack, Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson is proving that the faster things move, the better he can play.
In his first OHL playoff series, Paterson outplayed Sarnia Sting veteran J.P. Anderson in helping the Spirit to six-game series victory.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Paterson, No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2012 NHL Draft, stopped 163 of 180 shots in the series, posting a .906 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average. He recovered from overtime losses in Games 2 and 3 to win the next three games, allowing just six goals on 86 shots to close the series.
“Facing J.P. was a big test,” Paterson said of Anderson, a San Jose Sharks prospect with 41 games of OHL playoff experience. “He had a lot of experience playing in the Memorial Cup last year, so it was a big confidence boost for me to come out on top. But our team played really well, so a lot of the credit goes to them, and now I’m just looking to keep it rolling here in the second round.”
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