Sateri, Rybar, & Fulcher and the Future of Red Wings GoaltendingSeptember 17, 2018
The Detroit Red Wings have had sporadic goaltending efficiency at best recently. Jimmy Howard is aging and his future with the organization is sketchy. Upon exiting the NHL Prospect Tournament and the Red Wings Training Camp, there are several goaltenders coming through the organization that will revitalize hope between the pipes. Outside of the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier, prospects like Harri Sateri, Patrik Rybar, and Kaden Fulcher performed well. We are going to take a dive into the upcoming Red Wings goaltenders that will be making their appearance in the next season.
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Sateri was signed by the Red Wings during the off-season. Considered a “veteran” at 28 years old, Sateri has a wealth of potential as well as experience. Sateri will get the start in Grand Rapids with the Griffins according to Brian Mahoney-Wilson, Grand Rapids Goaltender Development Coach. Harri was originally drafted by San Jose n 2008 but has had little NHL experience. However, Harri has maintained a .930 save percent average in the European circuit. That being the case, upon Howard’s exit, if that is to come earlier than anticipated, Sateri will be looked upon to then back up Bernier. He is confident and knows his crease very well, so when the time comes, planting in the NHL won’t be an issue.
Patrik Rybar is one goaltender worth getting excited about. This coming 2018-19 season will be his first in the United States, but the pace of the game is not likely going to be a problem for him. At 6’3” and only 24, Rybar is massive and young still. According to Mahoney-Wilson, he’s a bit of a project with a few minor adjustments needed, but he’s confident he’ll be an elite goaltender. Throughout Training Camp, Rybar was consistent and teachable – two things a goalie must be. Playing 36 games with HK Hradec Kralove last season, Rybar recorded a 1.73 GAA (Goals Against Average).
There’s been a lot of hype about young Kaden Fulcher. He will likely not be in Grand Rapids but will be under the watchful eye of Toledo Walleye goalie, Pat Nagle. Grand Rapids does not want to send him back to the OHL, so Toledo is the next step for him. Fulcher has been solid throughout the tournament and training camp. He’s got quickness and an eager willingness when on the ice. Fulcher’s ability to read the plays and remain focused is well-developed for his age (19yrs). Learning under the very capable Pat Nagle, Fulcher will have quite a bit of ice time in Toledo and room to grow. Dan Watson, Head Coach of the Walleye, breeds talent in Toledo and Fulcher will benefit from his challenging style.
Petruzzelli, Larsson, Brattstrom, Eliasson, Perry and van Pottelberghe
With three goaltenders getting ready to take the net at the pro level, the Red Wings have a slew of talent just seasons away from
doing the same. Filip Larsson, expected to be a high-performing athlete, sustained an injury while playing with the Tri-City Storm (USHL). He is done recovering for the most part and will begin playing for the University of Denver (NCAA). Keith Petruzzelli was a 2017 pick from the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). He finished 2017-18 with a 2.88 GAA in 17 games with Quinnipiac University. He’ll return for his second season for further development.
Brattstrom and Eliasson are 2018 draft picks from Sweden. Eliasson began playing in Sweden for the 2018-19 season whereas, Brattstrom is set to start with Timra IK. Chase Perry was a 2014 pick and has been in the NCAA system since then. He’ll be entering his third season with Rensselaer Polytech Institute. He’s finished above a 3.0 GAA the last two seasons, so ideally there’ll be some improvement there coming into 2018-19.
Last but not least, van Pottelberghe has been playing in Denmark and Switzerland since being drafted in 2015. He attended the Red Wings Development Camp this season, however, was not in attendance during the Prospect Tournament or Training Camp. He’s comfortable in the net, which his numbers show. Van Pottelberghe, only 21 years old, decided to remain in his homeland of Switzerland for further development following camp. Rumored to be heading to Detroit, Art Regner of the Red Wings confirmed the goaltender’s decision after Development Camp had concluded.
Confidence Between the Pipes
The Red Wings and Griffins have an enormous talent pool and depth chart coming through. According to Coach Mahoney-Wilson, there are quite a few that are showing that they’re vying for the starting spot. In a matter of a few seasons, the organization may have a hard choice to make as to who to start and who to sit. Until then, Grand Rapids at least will be ready for another successful season and potentially, another Calder Cup run.