NCAA Hockey – Meet the Super Sophomores in Net

HKYvNotreDameJason KasdorfRPI – Winnipeg native and Winnipeg Jets 6th round draftee. Kasdorf won 12 of his final 16 starts and lead RPI to a 2nd place finish in the ECAC regular season. He had a .935 GAA, .935 save percentage and a 14-5-2 record on an otherwise .500 team. He is an All-ECAC preseason selection.

Ryan McKay Miami – Once again Miami has 2 outstanding goaltenders in the same year in Ryan McKay and Jay Williams. McKay came to Miami with 3 years of USHL experience with the Green Bay Gamblers.

McKay has a higher ceiling of the two  had better numbers with a .946 save percentage and 1.39 GAA. And when Miami won their NCAA tournament opener it was McKay in net posting the shutout.

Jake HildebrandMichigan State – At 5’11 the comparisons to Jeff Lerg are inescapable. The Spartan’s latest star in net is Jake Hildebrand who posted a nice 2.35 GAA in 28 games played as a freshman.  Hildebrand kept the Spartans in games evidenced by his 9-17-2 record and .928 save percentage. Hildebrand and McKay are the only 2 players undrafted by NHL teams in this group.

Adam WilcoxMinnesota – The Big 10 will have its share of top netminders in its inaugural season of play. Wilcox, the St.Paul native and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect  is as solid as they come. He won 25 games with the Gophers last season while posting a 1.87 GAA and .921 save percentage.

John GilliesProvidence – Gillies has excelled at every level and that’s why he’s a rising prospect in the Calgary Flames system and a candidate to start for Team USA at this year’s World Junior tournament. He had a .931 save percentage and 2.08 GAA last season for the Friars. Gillies is a big goaltender at about 6’6 and was named the Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year last season.

NCAA Hockey - Meet the Super Sophomores in Net 2Connor HellebuyckU-Mass Lowell – The Riverhawks were in the Frozen Four last season and Hellebuyck was the biggest reason why. A 2012 Winnipeg Jets draft selection, he won 20 games in 24 starts with posting a ridiculous 1.37 GAA and .952 save percentage. Hellebuyck came to Lowell from the Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL and is originally from Michigan.

NCAA Hockey - Meet the Super Sophomores in Net 3Stephon WilliamsMinnesota State – Williams is an absolute workhorse in net and won 21 games as a freshman. His .924 save percentage and 1.99 GAA put NHL scouts on guard and the Alaska native was selected in the 4th round of this year’s NHL draft by the New York Islanders.



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