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NHL 2020 Draft Profile: Drew Commesso

According to my source, who is a scout for a non-NHL team, he projects that Drew Commesso “can definitely crack an NHL roster someday.” To elaborate on some of the highlights I have seen of the American backstop, he does have very good mechanics, and at the same time, is very sound laterally. Rarely, you find him slightly off the goal post, letting in the dribbling puck in for a gaffe of a goal.

However, one thing he was deceived of was that he committed a little soon in the shootout and got deked out on his left side. That said, I do see the Boston native learning to become an even more polished goaltender. A such, he can utilize his ergonomics the way he already has which tends to be a strong suit. The backstop has committed to Boston University.

To give a similar comparison to another American goaltender who went the college route from the USHL, I think Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko. However, unlike Drew Commesso, Demko played with the Boston College Eagles. I can see how Elite Prospects has rankings putting him 67th-101st overall from different scouting services. If I am a team, whether it’s the Carolina Hurricanes or New Jersey Devils, he’s definitely someone I would be interested in.

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As explained by Giants In The Crease, “He’s your ideal goalie without the extra few inches (6’2, 181lbs). He’s a very intelligent goalie that makes the right decision the vast majority of the time. Shows a high level of technical ability.”

With that being mentioned in their description of Drew Commesso, I can see him being a gem in the early rounds of this year’s NHL Entry Draft. With a guy of Commesso’s stature making his way through USA Hockey’s pipelines, he will join names like Spencer Knight and Tyler Parsons, both of whom saw time with the National Team.

He also follows the footsteps of Demko and Cayden Primeau, both of whom have gone on to start their NHL careers. So, for anyone learning how the trend in goalies to the National Hockey League is currently looking, the American pool has gotten a lot of young blood with a ton of upside and NHL teams are noticing.

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