The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of a talented group of men under the age of 20. The national junior team is extremely popular in Canada, having just as many fans as the men’s senior team, which is actively involved in various World Championships. The junior hockey events in Canada often sell out, its television ratings are high and fans from all over Canada attend events.
Those interested in the Canadian Junior Hockey League can learn more about the top five goaltending prospects.
1. Michael DiPietro
Goaltender for the Windsor Spitfires, DiPietro is originally from Amherstburg, Ontario, and was born on June 9, 1999. Compared to other goalies in the league, he is somewhat undersized, but he makes himself look bigger by cutting down angles and coming far out of the crease. His excellent skating ability also allows him to play out of the net while getting back quickly on dekes. He is a very athletic player.
2. Stuart Skinner
Originally from the town of Edmonton, Alberta, Skinner is the goaltender for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He is the youngest of nine siblings and made a name for himself early in his career by establishing himself as the No. 1 man in Lethbridge in 2014. He has amassed 151 regular season games, and has the experience of 20 others due to being in the playoffs in 2016. Skinner is considered a large, agile keeper who uses refined skills to block the net.
3. Dylan Wells
Goaltender for the Peterborough Petes, Dylan Wells is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. While his first year with the team was rocky, he has recently soared to impressive heights. He improved the 9-13-3 record to 33-15-4. His save percentage also climbed to .916, the fourth highest in the league. He was also a finalist for the OHL goalie of the year and nominated for player of the year by the Peterborough Petes.
4. Carter Hart
Goaltender for the Everett Silvertips, Carter Hart is originally from Sherwood Park in Alberta. While Hart is considered an “average-sized” goaltender by today’s standards, he makes up for his size with sound positioning and quick hands. Hart attributes much of his ability and success to his coaches.
5. Jeremy Helvig
Originally from Markham, Ontario, Jeremy Helvig plays for the Kingston Frontenacs. He has played in two different leagues during his career and is considered a great goaltender thanks to his large size, which takes away quite a bit of the net for shooters. He’s also extremely athletic and has quick feet and gloves, allowing him to make saves and block shots.