2017 NHL Entry Draft

Matt Villalta

MATT VILLALTACanada

LOS ANGELES • ROUND: 3 OVERALL: 72

 

Previous Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 119

Vital Statistics

Position: G • Height: 6-2½ • Weight: 165 • Catches: Left
Birthdate: June 3, 1999 • Hometown: Godfrey, Ontario

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Kingston Jr. Fronts (Midget); Napanee Raiders (OHA Jr. C)
OHL Debut: Sept. 23, 2016 (Sault Ste. Marie vs. Windsor)
First OHL Win: Sept. 24, 2016 (Sault Ste. Marie vs. Oshawa)

IN THE NEWS:
Honored as OHL's Rookie with Best GAA
Made 37 Saves in His First OHL Shutout
Named CHL Goalie of Week in November
Won OHL Roster Spot as a Camp Invitee

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Big, calm goalie plays angles well. Stole starter job, but lost it in playoffs." (Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "The OHL rookie ended up winning the starting job from NHL draft pick Joseph Raaymakers by the end of the season with superior numbers and performance. He began the playoffs as Soo’s starter, got pulled in the second game and never saw the ice again. Scouts like his upside." (Recrutes.ca)

• "Has gone from being relatively unknown to an established NHL prospect. Some may argue that his numbers are a little inflated ... but his size and his skill checks out making him a legitimate NHL prospect. Our biggest concern for him will be adding some muscle and filling out that frame as much as he can." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)