“Fast Starts” – D-Men & Goaltenders, 2013 NHL Draft Prospects

    Earlier this week, we took a look at some forwards that were making a big impact just one month into the 2012/13 season. Today, we take a look at the goaltenders and defencemen that are making an early impression.

    Goaltenders

    Eric Comrie – Tri-City Americans (WHL)

    If he was playing baseball, Eric Comrie’s nickname would be “Mr. October”. After a slow start in September where he went 1-3 with a 3.51 GAA & .895 SV%, he’s the clear favourite to win CHL ‘Goaltender of the Month’ for October.

    In 10 games this month, Comrie is 8-0-1-1 with a 1.77 GAA & .939 SV%.
    Among WHL goaltenders, he sits 1st in wins, 2nd in SV% , 2nd in saves & 3rd in GAA.

    Chris Driedger – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

    Dreidger’s fast start has helped the Calgary Hitmen to an 8-2-1-1 record through the first 12 games in 2012/13. He started the season with three wins and saving 86 of his first 90 shots. He currently ranks in the WHL top 10 in wins, GAA, save percentage & minutes played.

    Zach Fucale – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

    Fucale is the highest rated goaltender for the 2013 NHL Draft and he’s picked up where he left off last season. He’s won 9 straight games and leads the QMJHL in wins with 11. His 2.57 goals against average ranks 7th in the league. The only negative on him might be his .893 save percentage, which should improve throughout the year.

    Spencer Martin – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

    Martin’s only loss came in the opening game of the season. Since then, he’s improved his record to 6-1. He is currently 3rd in OHL save percentage (.934) and 3rd in goals against average (2.16).

    Eamon McAdam – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

    McAdam has won all three of his starts this season, including one shutout, helping the Black Hawks to a 6-1 record. He leads the USHL in save percentage (.961) and sits third in goals against average (1.33). He will represent the United States on the 2012 Junior Select Team in the World Junior-A Challenge next month.

    Defencemen

    Darnell Nurse – S.S. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

    Nurse leads his team in plus/minus (+6), is 2nd in assists (9) and 3rd in points (11).
    He’s recorded two 3-point games this season and has one game-winning goal. He currently sits in the top 10 in blueline scoring.

    Ryan Pulock – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

    Pulock has jumped out to a hot start offensively, scoring 7 goals & 10 assists in 14 games. He has recorded 5 multi-point games and is 2nd in scoring among WHL defencemen. He leads the Wheat Kings in plus/minus (+10), power play goals (3) & is tied for the team lead in points (17).

    Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls (OHL)

    Subban is averaging a point-per-game this season and has three multi-point games. He’s recorded a point in 9 of his 12 games, registering 3 goals & 9 assists, including 2 power play goals. He leads the Bulls in scoring and is tied for 6th among league defencemen.