In this third and final part of our series, we’ll look ahead at the goalies participating in this week’s Blackhawks prospect camp. We have already examined the forwards and defensemen that will be in attendance, now let’s shift our focus to between the pipes
Drafted: 7th round (191st overall) in 2012
Whitney was a pleasant surprise when the Blackhawks selected him in the final round of this summer’s draft. He was the second ranked North American goalie heading into the draft but fell to the Hawks late after a solid season with Victoriaville of the QMJHL. Being that he’s barely 18, he’ll get plenty of time to develop.
Drafted: 7th round (191st overall) in 2010
Yes, it would appear the Hawks like picking goalies at the 191st overall selection. Carruth had a fantastic season with Portland of the WHL, and led them on a deep playoff run for the second straight season. In the last two seasons, Carruth has played in 43 total postseason games (21 in 2011, 22 in 2012) and has posted save percentages of .919 and .918, respectively, in those two playoff tournaments. He has signed an entry-level deal with Chicago.
Drafted: 2nd round (58th overall) in 2010
Simpson will battle Carruth for ice time in Rockford this year after signing an entry-level contract. He played in 113 games for Everett of the WHL over the last two season, including a .909 save percentage iin 60 appearances in 2011-12.
Johan Mattson, who was a 7th round pick in 2011, will sit out this week because of an injury. The 6-4, 192-pound netminder played in 37 games with Sudbury of the OHL last year.
For the full roster of players invited by the Blackhawks this week, click here.
For the full on-ice schedule for this week’s prospect camp, click here.