The Canadian Major Juniors have finished their regular season and are gearing up for playoff action this weekend. The NCAA is entering the final weekends of Conference playoffs as they prepare for regional semifinals and eventually the Frozen Four. The European leagues have also moved on to the post-season. So it seems like this is a good time to check in on the Vegas Golden Knights prospects.
Maxim Zhukov – 2-11-2 record with a 4.12 GAA and 87.9 Sv% for Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League
A 19-year-old 2017 4th round pick. He began the season with the OHL Barrie Colts, going 8-10-0 with a 3.43 GAA and 90.0 Sv%, but he got outperformed by a rookie backup and ended up heading back to the USHL. So far two other Green Bay goalies are outplaying him, including one that was his backup last year. Vegas will lose his player rights if he is not signed by June 1, and with the looks of the goaltending depth they have it seems likely that he will become a UFA. Green Bay is currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the USHL with a 15-29-9 record.
Jiri Patera – 22-20-5 record with a 3.31 GAA and 90.6 Sv% for Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League
A 19-year-old 2017 6th round pick. He served as the starting goaltender all season and while he didn’t post the most stellar numbers he did better than his primary backup. Despite getting his first shutout early in the month, March was particularly disappointing, giving up 4 or more goals in each of the past 5 games. He is #27 in GAA and #18 in Sv% amongst goalies with over 500 minutes. Brandon finished 4th in the East Division, 9th in the Eastern Conference, and 16th in the WHL with a 31-29-8 record, just barely missing the playoffs.
Dylan Ferguson – 17-24-5 with a 3.01 GAA and 90.8 Sv% for Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League
A 20-year-old 2017 7th round pick acquired from the Dallas Stars in 2017. He had a strong February, although he struggled in his past three appearances and missed the last 7 games with a lower body injury, and with the way his rookie backup is playing they may not switch when he is healthy. He is #20 in GAA and #15 in Sv% amongst goaltenders who played more than 500 minutes. Kamloops finished 3rd in the B.C. Division, 6th in the Western Conference, and 17th in the WHL with a 28-32-8 record and will face the Victoria Royals in the opening round of the playoffs.
Jordan Kooy – 16-6-2 with a 2.87 GAA and 90.8 Sv% for London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League
An 18-year-old 2018 7th round pick. He cooled down a lot in the middle of the season, falling into a true backup role, but he had an impressive March and looks to be back on track. He is #6 in GAA and #8 in Sv% amongst goaltenders who have played more than 500 minutes. London finished 1st in the Midwest Division, 1st in the Western Conference, 2nd in the OHL with a 46-15-7 record and will face the Windsor Spitfires in the opening round of the playoffs.