NHL scouts take note of goalie Pad­dock

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Max Pad­dock’s late-sea­son per­for­mance is pay­ing div­i­dends.

The Regina Pats goal­tender was ranked No. 3 in the WHL and 22nd over­all among North Amer­i­can­based goal­tenders when Cen­tral Scout­ing re­leased its fi­nal rank­ings for the 2018 NHL draft on Mon­day. Pad­dock fin­ished his rookie cam­paign with a 19-7-1-1 record, 2.90 goals-against av­er­age and .904 save per­cent­age.

Af­ter be­gin­ning the sea­son as Regina’s backup, the 17-year-old net­min­der took over as Regina’s starter in Fe­bru­ary while veteran Ryan Ku­bic was on the shelf. He ended up play­ing 16 of Regina’s fi­nal 20 games, go­ing 13-2-1 with a 2.33 GAA and a .920 SP.

Pad­dock was named the WHL’s rookie of the month in March af­ter post­ing a 7-0-0-0 record with a 2.49 GAA and a .910 SP. How­ever, he didn’t dress for Regina’s firstround play­off se­ries against Swift Cur­rent due to in­jury.

Mean­while, Spokane Chiefs de­fence­man Ty Smith was the top-rated WHL skater at No. 14. Moose Jaw War­riors de­fence­man Jett Woo was ranked No. 3 in the league and 28th over­all. War­riors for­ward Justin Almeida was 88th.

The Bron­cos had two play­ers make the grade: De­fence­man Ar­tyom Min­ulin (186th) and goalie Joel Hofer (sev­enth among net­min­ders).

Two for­mer Pats de­fence­men were also listed: Egor Za­mula of the Cal­gary Hit­men (64th) and Daw­son Barteaux of the Red Deer Rebels (133rd).

Prince Al­bert Raiders for­ward Cole Fon­stad, a na­tive of Este­van, came in at No. 65, fol­lowed by Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings for­ward Brett Kemp of York­ton (128th), Cal­gary Hit­men for­ward Car­son Focht of Regina (No. 155) and Raiders de­fence­man Bray­den Pachal of Este­van (200th).

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