There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing the next goalie for the NHL.
You can pick from a group of goaltenders, from an established one, to the next rising star in the game.
And if the right option isn’t available, the next one could very well be right around the corner.
For the Edmonton Oilers, that’s Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
McDavid has emerged as one of the NHL’s top goalies, with a record of 26-9-1 and a .936 save percentage.
He’s had his share of struggles, including two straight games with one goal against and three straight shutouts.
But the 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Kelowna, B.C., has turned things around this season, and his future with the Oilers remains in doubt.
“He’s one of those guys that you have to be able to take him seriously,” said McDavid’s agent, Dan Scott, during a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday.
“You’ve got to be confident that he’s got the work ethic, the attitude and the mentality.
You’re going to have to put the time in to develop his game, and make sure he has the right approach to what it takes to succeed as a goaltender.””
And you’ve got some great goaltending in the NHL, and Connor McNeil is one of them.
You’re going to have to put the time in to develop his game, and make sure he has the right approach to what it takes to succeed as a goaltender.”
McDavid, 20, is a top-five prospect, according to ESPN’s Keith Law.
That puts him ahead of only two other goaltenders in the world: Ilya Bryzgalov of the KHL and David Booth of the USHL.
In a league where goaltenders have the ability to become superstars in a matter of weeks, McDavid is in a class of his own.
But if the Oilers don’t trade up for McDavid and don’t draft a top goalie, they’ll likely have to go the route of drafting a goalie, even if it means giving up their second-round pick in 2020.
There are three other options available for the Oilers to take a chance on: Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin, the 2016 No. 2 overall pick, who could be a viable option at No. 3; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Sorokin, the 2015 No. 5 overall pick; and Calgary Flames goaltender Jiri Hudler, who has a record 26-7-3 record with a .909 save percentage this season.
With the Edmonton situation not as dire as it has been this season and the Oilers already in a playoff spot, there is a sense of optimism around McDavid heading into the 2019-20 season.
“I think there’s still a lot to like in Connor McDonough,” said Scott.
“I think he’s a young kid, a guy that can get better.
And the team has got some pieces in place.
McDonough, 21, is considered the best goalie in the draft, according of ESPN’s Adam Gretz, and is considered one of, if not the, best prospects in the entire NHL. “
But there’s a lot going for him right now.”
McDonough, 21, is considered the best goalie in the draft, according of ESPN’s Adam Gretz, and is considered one of, if not the, best prospects in the entire NHL.
The 6-2 center from Kelownan, B, has a career .925 save percentage, including a .920 mark in his last three starts.
McDonaugh’s first NHL start came on Oct. 31, when the Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 5-4.
He went 0-0-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-per-game average.
Mcdonough also led the Oilers in goals (10), points (17), wins (nine) and shutouts (nine).
He has a 4.06 goals-to-game record and has allowed just one goal on his 31 starts.
The Edmonton Oilers have already had to deal with McDonaugh, though, after he left the team during a game against the New York Rangers on Nov. 19.
McDonah was replaced by Cody Ceci, who had two wins in six games before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers traded Ceci to the New Jersey Devils on Monday for a third-round draft pick.
McCavale, 21-1-0 in his first season with Edmonton, will likely be the first goaltender off the bench for the Edmonton team in its season opener at the new Rexall Place on Saturday.