In our weekly look at the best goaltenders available in the draft, we look at two young goalies that are both highly-touted prospects and very much the types of prospects that will be looking for help in the NHL in the future.
They’re Ryan Miller and Anthony Stolarz.
Miller, 19, is a right-shot, left-shot goaltender with good size (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and a big shot (27.6% on shot attempts in the QMJHL).
The 5’11” goaltender also has great mobility and an ability to quickly move into tight spaces.
Miller has been a solid prospect in the OHL, where he’s recorded four shutouts in 11 games this season.
The big question with Miller is what position he plays.
His best position is at the center of the crease, and that’s where he has the most success for the Windsor Spitfires this season, but he has some problems with the puck, particularly in front of the net, where his shot isn’t as reliable.
He’s also not as athletic as he needs to be.
He has a big frame and good strength, but lacks the agility or speed to play the position at the next level.
Stolar, 20, is another big goaltender who can play all three positions.
He is listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds, but is also very strong with the stick, and he has a great shot (21.4% on shots attempted) and good mobility.
Stoltz, 22, is an undersized goalie who is also tall at 6’0, 205.
He can play center, right or left, and is an excellent skater.
The big question for Stolar is how well he can handle playing against bigger, faster players.
He did well in the SHL last season, finishing with a .904 save percentage and was able to do so in the AHL.
In terms of raw ability, Miller is a natural right-handed shot.
His first step is strong, and his ability to read plays in front will be of great value to the Flyers.
He also has excellent lateral agility and acceleration, and will likely be a top-six goalie in the league.
His lack of strength is a problem, though.
Stolars shot isn�t as strong as the rest of his game, and has been slow to get his shot up.
He does have some skill with the glove, but has not been able to get the puck up the ice, either.
Stolarz, on the other hand, is undersized at 6′-2, 190 pounds.
He lacks the strength and quickness to play in front, and isn�s also undersized.
He struggles to get to the net quickly, and can be caught in a jam on the rush, but his quickness is still impressive.
His big frame will also help him on the puck-moving front.
He will likely have to compete for a spot with Stolars development, but should be a good addition to a Flyers roster that is thin at the position.
Stolars shooting is also lacking. He doesn�t have a huge shot, but the puck is often going to land just under his pads, and it has to be accurate.
He�s very good at putting the puck in the net but can also be fooled by bigger forwards and has to play with a little more finesse on the ice.
Stolars is also not a natural passer, as he will often pass the puck to the goalie, and get caught up in passing.
However, he has good vision, and could be a solid option in goal for the Flyers in the near future.
Stolars size is another issue.
He looks a little undersized for his position.
He uses his size well, but needs to add strength to his frame to help him get to his spot quicker.
Stolin also has some issues.
He tends to get caught in his own zone, and doesn�s struggles to break up plays on the forecheck.
Stolin also does not have a great feel for the game, despite being very smart and athletic.
His game can be a little inconsistent at times, and there is some reason to be concerned with him.
Stolas lack of offensive skills is also a problem.
He seems to struggle to get open and make plays.
Stolas shot is a little better than his teammates in the last year or two, and this year, he was a better possession player.
However it is a concern for the future, as Stolin could be one of the most difficult goalies in the world to defend against in the next few years.
Stoltz is a strong skater, who is very good on the power play, and very good with the ball in his hands.
He should be able to handle some of the top lines in the Flyers system, and the Flyers will likely want to add some offensive talent