Breaking: Leafs sign junior goalie to AHL deal

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The Toronto Marlies, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, have announced that they’ve signed Prince Albert Raiders goaltender Ian Scott to an amateur tryout (ATO) contract.

The 19 year old native of Calgary, Alberta was originally selected by the Leafs in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 6 foot, 3 inch, 172 pound netminder recently completed his season with the WHL’s Raiders going 24-16-3 in 50 starts while posting a 3.10 goals against average and .897 save percentage. The Raider were just eliminated in their opening round playoff series against the Moose Jaw Warriors in seven games. Scott went 3-2-0 in the series and compiled a 3.25 goals against average and .897 save percentage.

It’s expected that Scott will join the Marlies for practice this week as they wrap up the final three games of their regular season and prepare for the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs later this month. With veterans Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard already carrying the load in the Marlies crease, don’t expect Scott to see any playing time in the playoffs unless things happen to go completely off the rails for the AHL’s regular season champions. There is a chance, however, that head coach Sheldon Keefe throws the kid a bone and gets him into some action during the regular season before the puck drops on the Calder Cup Playoffs. After all, the youngster has a real shot at sticking with the club and playing some games for the Marlies next season, so it might make sense for him to get his feet wet this season.

Welcome to the big leagues, Scott!

Here's the youngster's scouting report courtesy of NHL prospect website, Future Considerations:

A goaltender who balances challenging opposing shooters and when to drop back into his crease and hold the fort…cool when handling shots to the glove hand, keeping the glove angled according to net position and the situation in front…swallows up high shots without any rebounds, pinning pucks to his chest or belly pad…quickness is elite and whether it be his pads or glove hands, he was constantly flashing his limbs at pucks…has a lanky frame, but makes himself look massive in the net by being assertive in the crease…battles and quickly reacts to pucks in tight, often getting into his butterfly and forcing the shooter to be perfect and go high on him…constantly adjusts to square the puck up and seldom is caught out of position…plays a technically superior game and is excellent at controlling motion within the net…weathers the mental grind of the game and keeps himself unphased whether he is untested for stretches or stuck in a pressure cooker with lots of pucks coming his way…has the potential to be a pro starter even though he is a few years away. (May 2016)