Tuesday, September 1, 2009

09/10 Men's Previews: #1 Scott Gudmandson

Vitals:

Position: Goalie
Year in School: Junior
Catches Left
Height: 5-10
Weight: 179
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Major: Undeclared
Previous Team: Salmon Arm (BCHL) in 06/07

NHL Considerations: He’s a Badger goalie, you never know.

08/09 Stats: 4 games, 1-2-0, 3.83 GAA, 0.881 save %
07/08 Stats: 6 games, 1-1-2, 2.63 GAA, 0.880 save %

09/10 Role: Fighting for starting job

08/09 Recap: The season did not start well for the Badgers and Scott definitely had his difficulties. He was shelled by both New Hampshire and Denver on consecutive Saturdays. He later started against Tech at home and shut them out, but didn’t start another game the rest of the season. W/ the team balancing on the fence of the PWR the entire 2nd half the season, Coach Eaves stuck w/ Shane Connelly.

Biggest Strength: This will sound bad, but w/ such limited viewing last season I’m not sure. Like Connelly, he is athletic and has all the skills to be the starter. Can he put it together this season?

Biggest Weakness: It has to be the lack of NCAA experience. His stats digressed last season, confidence might be his own mountain to climb as well.

09/10 Thoughts: The starting job is up for grabs; Shane Connelly is gone, reportedly looking for work at the next level (good luck Shane). I think Eaves will give Gudmandson a chance to assert himself as the starter as a returning member of the Cardinal and White, but I think Brett Bennett is the better goalie and will get more time in net this coming season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rotation until one goalie takes the reigns and puts the other on the bench more regularly. Hopefully the competition brings out the best in both goalies early and often.

Prediction: 12 games, 6-4-2, 2.80 GAA, 0.900 save %*
*All predictions for regular season only

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