Player: Philippe Desrosiers
Drafted By: Dallas Stars (54th overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 7 North American goalie
Height/Weight: 6'1'', 187 lbs
DOB: August 16, 1995 (17 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: QMJHL, Rimouski Oceanic
It's always trickier for scouts to judge goalies at the age of 17 or 18 and as a result, teams usually wait until a little later in the draft to grab a netminder. Taking a goalie in the first round is considered a bit of a gamble.
Philippe Desrosiers has spent the past two seasons with Rimouski of the QMJHL. He appeared in only three games in 2011-12. Desrosiers went 1-2 with a 3.48 GAA and a save percentage of .899.
In 2012-13, Desrosiers became the starter and played well, going 22-8-5. His GAA improved to 3.07 and his save percentage to .900.
He raised his draft stock by playing well for Canada at the IIHF Under-18 World Hockey Championship. In five games, he had a 0.80 GAA and a .970 save percentage to help Canada win the gold medal.
Full Scouting Report
Perhaps the best thing about Desrosiers is that he keeps his cool under pressure. His keeps an even demeanor that gives his teammates confidence. He also has quick reflexes and has improved his rebound control over the course of the season.
Al Jensen of Central Scouting liked what Desrosiers showed him this season.
He's an excellent positional-style goalie. He plays big and is calm, relaxed and poised. He's quiet back there, with quick feet and pads. He's got very good feet and good technical ability. He has a very good butterfly, good extension, and has excellent control and balance when moving laterally.
Mike Dunham, goalie coach with the New York Islanders, likes Desrosiers' fundamentals. "Philippe Desrosiers is a solid goaltender with good hands and feet. He plays a typical butterfly style and has good balance."
Size is a bit of a concern to some scouts. Desrosiers weighs a thin 187 pounds. He may be able to put on some bulk as he matures. This would be a benefit as long as it doesn't slow down his reflexes.
NHL Player Comparison
Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes. Like Smith, Desrosiers has a calm demeanor and plays a solid, butterfly style of goaltending.
Desrosiers needs some time to add muscle and put on a little weight. More experience at the AHL level is also needed before Desrosiers would be ready for the NHL. It would also give him a little more time to work on his rebound control. Add in the fact that goalies take longer to mature and you shouldn't expect to see Desrosiers in the NHL too quickly. Expect him to to reach the NHL on a full-time basis in the 2016-17 season.
Scouts see Desrosiers as a potential NHL starting goalie, but we're talking about a few years down the road. His attitude and demeanor encourage confidence in his teammates and that's a great quality for goalies to have. If he fails to improve his size and skills, Desrosiers could still be a valuable backup goalie at the NHL level. It's a little tougher to project goalies, but Desrosiers should develop into a solid NHL netminder, eventually.