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Road to the NHL Draft: Evan Fitzpatrick

Evan Fitzpatrick

Position: Goaltender

Junior team: Sherbrooke (QMJHL)

Born: St. Johns, Newfoundland

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 206 pounds

2015-16 stats: 18-26-8, .896 save percentage

Central Scouting rank: No. 1 (North American goalies)

Lowdown: If there’s one game that allowed Fitzpatrick to take over the top spot among goaltending prospects, it was Game Four of his second-round playoff series. The Sherbrooke goalie stopped 73 of 76 shots during a triple-overtime loss. It proved when he’s on his game, no one in his age group is better.

Fitzpatrick has the size and athleticism that appeals to general managers. He earned the starting job for Canada at the under-18 world championships this spring. He made 38 saves during a 3-1 victory over Czechia. He’s technically sound.

The Quebec League is all about offense, so it’s hard to gauge his stats. He’s been known to lose his focus after bad goals, allowing the game to go downhill quickly. Consistency is an issue.

They said it: "He's a very even keel guy, very composed, very professional in his approach to the game, and it showed. He was very calm under pressure.” – Shaun Clouston, Canada’s under-18 coach, to the Canadian Press.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 24-25 in First Niagara Center.

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