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The Montreal Canadiens made Zachary Fucale the first netminder taken off the board at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the 36th overall pick. His future as a Canadien remains a few years off, however, and he'll spend this season with Halifax of the QMJHL.
Fucale returns to a Mooseheads team that won their first Memorial Cup last May. In junior hockey, that typically means a rebuilding year. Halifax, however, has had a decent start to the year, as they sit at 8-6 over their first 14 games.
They have been led by the 18-year-old Fucale. The Rosemere, Quebec native owns a 2.60 goals against average and a .903 save percentage while facing over 27 shots per game.
His highlight of the season so far likely came on September 28 versus Baie-Comeau, where he stopped 10-of-10 shootout opportunities, as reported by Neate Sager at Buzzing the Net.
Fucale will have a tough time repeating last season's success on a mostly depleted Halifax Mooseheads squad. He'll have to be heroic if the Mooseheads stand any chance of repeating.
He'll also be under consideration to be Canada's top netminder at the World Juniors in Sweden.