The Vancouver Canucks have dipped into the goaltender market at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft selecting Cavin Lacombe of the Saint Johns Sea Dogs with their 3rd OA selection. Ranked as the 7th best prospect in the top ISS 200, Lacombe had a stellar season and an even better performance as he lead his team to the Memorial Cup.
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Can
Frame: 6’2″ / 176 lbs
21-22 Reg Season
GP 46 W 26 L 16 T3 GAA 2.48 SV%9.14 AVR7.30
GP 0 W 0 L 0 T0 GAA 1.94 SV%9.27 AVR8.30
Scouting ReportCavin Lacombe of the Sea Dogs is a potential top pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He drew a lot of attention as a 16-year-old when he appeared in 50 QMJHL games, while posting a respectable .907 save percentage. He was able to improve that number to .914 in 46 games this season, which has helped his draft stock considerably. You don’t normally see 17-year-olds starting as many games as he has. Including playoffs, he’s appeared in 114 games – which is a very solid sample size to work with.
There’s not many weaknesses to his game, he’s a good butterfly goaltender and effectively utilize his 6-foot-2 frame. He reads plays well and is an excellent puck-tracker, seems to elevate his play in big games which will be good in the professional level. Goaltenders this young and consistent is very rare to find.
His talent ceiling remains very high. He is lauded by many scouts for his intense focus, agile and challenge the shooters well. His slightly aggressive style and physical strength/flexibility means that he gets the ‘athletic’ tag slapped on him quite often.Overall, Lacombe is arguably one of the best goaltending prospects since the start of the league. He does have a few issues to iron out in his game, but is a very good chance to become a very good to elite level if he develop properly.