NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 16 (North American goalies)
NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: 14
Bob McKenzie’s final ranking: N/A
Stats (OHL-Sault Ste. Marie): 33 GP, 25-3-0-0, 2.41 GAA, .918 Sv%, 1 SHO
Hounds general manager Kyle Raftis said he’s surprised by where Central Scouting has Villalta ranked.
“Matt had a great second half of the season, and as an undrafted player, he kind of came out of nowhere,” the GM said. “That didn’t help him early in the year. But obviously, his numbers speak for themselves. His play down the stretch put him on the map for a lot of NHL teams.”
In fact, Raftis spoke of how a number of NHL clubs have requested video of Villalta.
“He’s been getting a lot of attention lately,” added Raftis, who said trying to figure out at which point of the draft Villalta may be taken is difficult. “It’s hard to pinpoint a round for goalies. Typically, a couple go early and then it’s all over the place.”
Third Round, 72nd overall: Matt Villalta
Video of third round pick, goalie Matt Villalta: pic.twitter.com/ARO3NPI3CU
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 24, 2017