One of the last stops on my Between Two Worlds summer project gets underway this afternoon. Now I’m off to Toronto, where I’ll be scouting and mentoring 24 goalies in Eli Wilson’s Elite Prospects Camp. Some of you might remember I attended this camp in Edmonton last summer, so I’m stoked to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well!
This year’s camp is the perfect environment for my book project. Not only does the roster include a couple of OHL and BCHL goalies, but it also includes a couple of high-level Slovakian prospects and the goalie for Korea’s National Team.
For this camp, I will be holding exit interviews with each goaltender in order to give them my feedback on their strengths, weaknesses, and other key aspects of their style and overall development. I will also be holding a presentation on The Power Within and the Three Pillars of Elite Goaltending.
Below is a closer look at the roster, as well as a few notes on some guys I’ve been exposed to before. Be sure to follow @EliWilsonGoaltending and @TheGoalieGuild on Twitter in order to stay up to date on the camp.
Eli Wilson Goaltending Elite Prospects Camp Roster
Matej Tomek: The highly-touted Bratislava native is going to be a treat to evaluate. A 6-foot-3 goalie born in 1997, Tomek was lights out for the Slovakian National U-17 team, and he also played in 12 games for their U-18 program. He was drafted 172nd overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) in 2014. I have not seen him play before, but I do know that he’s expected to be one of the top international goalies available in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Daniel Gibl: Gibl is probably the most recognizable name in this camp. A native of Ilava, Slovakia, the 1995-born prospect played in 27 games for the Barrie Colts and posted a .902 SV%.
Ho Seung Son: It’s not every day you get an opportunity to scout a goalie from the Korean National Team. Son is a 31-year-old goalie hailing from Seoul, and has a ton of experience at the international level. In 2010, Son led Anyang Halla to an Asia League championship after posting a .904 SV% in 35 regular season games and a .906 SV% in nine playoff games. He also has two Gold medals and one Silver medal from various World Championships tournaments.
David Ovsjannikov: Born in Plzen, Czech Republic, Ovsjannikov is a 6-foot-5 prospect born in 1997. He spent the better part of the past three seasons playing for the Oakland Grizzlies U-16 and U-18 (T1EL) teams, but finished last season with the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. They signed him to a standard OHL contract in September of 2013. You can read more about him here.
Brendan Johnston: Another OHL prospect born in 1997, Johnston was drafted 97th overall by the Windsor Spitfires in 2013. He won a Bronze medal in the OHL Gold Cup with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones midget-major AAA program in 2013 and hails from Port Lambton, Ontario.
Justin Fazio: A native of Sarnia, Fazio appeared in three games for the Sting (OHL) last season. He was drafted 69th overall in 2013 and spent most of last season with the Lambton Shores Predators of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. I have been tracking Fazio’s progress for the past two seasons, but this will be my first time seeing him perform in a live setting.
Francis Marotte: The Longueuil, Quebec native spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL, appearing in 10 games and posting an .864 save percentage. A 1995 birth-year prospect, Marotte previously played for Rice Memorial Prep, which is located in Vermont. He also played for the Rocky Mountain Roughriders, a solid AAA program based in Colorado.
Sean Green: This 1996-born prospect was the very first goalie to sign up for The Goalie Guild’s first-ever Scouting Profiler Clinic, which took place last summer in Minneapolis, MN. You can read his scouting report from that clinic here. He spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Whitby Wildcats AAA program in Ontario.
Kristopher Augustine: Finished his sophomore season for Andover High School in Massachusetts and is a New York native.
Tyler Parmiter: Junior AA
Ben Dennis: Junior-A
Colby Muise: Midget-AAA
Ryan Fisher: Midget-AA
Jaxon Maloney: Midget-AA
Callum Boland: Midget-Minors
Hunter Bosch: Bantam-AAA
Vincent Shonka: Bantam-AAA
Jarett Omstead: Bantam-AAA
I’m also excited to catch up with six goalies that I scouted at last year’s Elite Prospects Camp in Edmonton. Click on their name to read their scouting reports from that camp:
Braddock Baalerud: Junior-A
Liam Bohm-Meyer: Midget-Minor AA
Anthony Coletta: Toronto, GOTHL
Nicolas Herrebrugh: Midget-AA Alberta
Anthony McCarthy: Midget-Minor AAA
Liam McOnie: Midget-AAA