It’s been close to three months since we last convened to discuss and rank the crop of goaltenders eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.
However, in this short period of time, there was a great deal of change within our ranking. On one hand, a number of goaltenders stole the show — playing to their true potentials with both effort and consistency on a nightly basis. On the other hand, a handful of netminders trudged towards the finish line, and were surpassed by those previously ranked below them as a direct result.
Related: 2019 OHL Draft Rankings
Yet, with this being said, the goaltenders below are present within our ranking for a reason — they are the top netminders eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft. Although their respective futures in hockey may differ, all of which stand as capable backstops deserving of significant playing time at the next level.
Related: 2019 OHL Draft – Prospect Profiles
But, before we dive into the final goaltender ranking of the 2018-19 season, let’s take a moment — as always — to highlight three netminders who have played simply exceptional hockey of late.
Three Sizzling Backstops
2018-19 Team: Windsor Jr. Spitfires (Alliance)
Although he didn’t enjoy a spectacular showing at the 2019 OHL Cup, Max Donoso was nothing other than tremendous throughout the 2018-19 campaign for the Windsor Jr. Spitfires. A stabilizing presence in-goal, Donoso led Alliance in shutouts with four while also piecing together a sparkling 2.02 GAA on the season.
A sizeable and competitive netminder, Donoso won’t last long come draft day. Incredibly athletic and explosive in his movements, Donoso is one of the most promising goaltenders eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft.
2018-19 Team: North Bay Trappers (GNML)
Benjamin Gaudreau’s game continues to grow at a rapid pace — a major reason for his explosive rise within our final goaltender ranking of the season. Named to Team Ontario’s roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Gaudreau starred in-goal for his province and helped lead his team to a Silver Medal.
Further, Gaudreau was virtually unbeatable throughout the 2019 OHL Cup for Team NOHA — turning aside a flurry of shots in his three games played en route to a 2.03 GAA and .936 SV% in the tournament. Of solid size, excellent positioning, and explosive lateral abilities, Gaudreau stands tall in his crease and is natural and smooth in his movements, reads, and reflexes. In short, Gaudreau could be the most valuable goaltending prospect eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft.
2018-19 Team: Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)
Although his team endured an up-and-down season, Justin Wu was an incredibly consistent competitor for the Mississauga Rebels. A fiery goaltender who plays with an edge, Wu battled hard throughout the 2018-19 season and was the key to his team’s success in the dog days of the campaign.
At the recent 2019 OHL Cup is where Wu’s game shone brightest. In his six games played in the tournament, Wu put together a sparkling .935 SV% and a 1.84 GAA — totals which earned him Top Goaltender honours for his efforts throughout the Cup. In fact, without the play of Wu, the Rebels may very well have failed to reach the tournament’s semi-final round.
The Top-20 Goaltenders
Here it is, our final goaltender ranking ahead of the 2019 OHL Draft.
As mentioned above, there has been a great deal of movement since our last ranking, starting at the top with a new number one in Gaudreau. In fact, of the top-20 goaltenders from our last ranking, a mere 15 have managed to hold onto their previous spots while five others have risen into the ranking owing to their spectacular play in the second half of the season.
Expanded for our final goaltender ranking is the Honourable Mentions section, which now features 15 goaltenders to watch on draft day in addition to the top-20 backstops listed below.
|1||Benjamin Gaudreau||North Bay Trappers (GNML)|
|2||Joshua Rosenzweig||Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)|
|3||Samuel Moncada||Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)|
|4||Max Donoso||Windsor Jr. Spitfires (Alliance)|
|5||Anthony Maiorca||Chicago Young Americans (HPHL)|
|6||Robert Andreakos||Mississauga Reps (GTHL)|
|7||Jacob Osborne||Ottawa Jr. Senators (HEO)|
|8||Forbes Andersen||Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)|
|9||Trent Kubiak||Buffalo Jr. Sabres U15 (T1EHL)|
|10||Owen Bartosziewicz||Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)|
|11||Patrick Boivin||Sudbury Wolves Minor MIdget (GNML)|
|12||Matteo Gennaro||Barrie Jr. Colts (ETA)|
|13||Justin Wu||Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)|
|14||Matteo Drobac||Halton Hurricanes (SCTA)|
|15||Carter Garvie||Grey-Bruce Highlanders (SCTA)|
|16||John Angerman||Victory Honda U15 (T1EHL)|
|17||Owen Faris||Niagara North Stars (SCTA)|
|18||Blake Marsh||Central Ontario Wolves (ETA)|
|19||Patrick Leaver||Smiths Falls Bears (HEO)|
|20||Braedyn McIntosh||Halton Hurricanes (SCTA)|
15 Honourable Mentions
Although they weren’t able to crack the top-20 overall, the goaltenders listed below are incredibly skilled and highly valued ahead of the 2019 OHL Draft. And, while they may not be amongst the first goaltenders selected, these 15 youngsters have the skill and potential necessary to play starring roles for their clubs in the near and distant future.
|HM||Brandon Abbott||Kitchener Jr. Rangers (Alliance)|
|HM||Benjamin Bates||Cambridge Hawks (Alliance)|
|HM||Andrew Cristea||Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO)|
|HM||Ian Dunn||Niagara North Stars (SCTA)|
|HM||Tanner GIllies||Hawkesbury Hawks (HEO)|
|HM||Braden Holt||Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)|
|HM||Nolan Mahaffey||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15 (T1EHL)|
|HM||Andrew McGarrity||York Simcoe Express (ETA)|
|HM||Marshall Nicholls||Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)|
|HM||James Norton||Mississauga Senators (GTHL)|
|HM||Andrew Pichora||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16|
|HM||Sebastian Resar||Whitby Wildcats (ETA)|
|HM||Steven Selvaggi||Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)|
|HM||Nicholas Von Kaufmann||Vaughan Kings (GTHL)|
|HM||Ben West||Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)|