NHL Rookie Preview: Ben Scrivens

Overview:

 Ben Scrivens is a 6’2″, 195 lbs left-handed shooting goalie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Scrivens was signed following a successful College career with Cornell University. The Alberta native has produced save percentages north of .924 through 2 AHL seasons. The young Leafs prospect had a fantastic season with the Toronto Marlies last year, taking them to the Calder Cup finals where he was no question the top player on the team. Like many other players coming out of university the last few years, Scrivens went undrafted in the NHL.

Pros:

Scrivens has good size at 6’2 and he’s an aggressive goalie who likes to challenge shooters – but also keeps his game simple. He has a calm demeanour in net which breeds consistency in his game. His frame, combined with his ability to move quickly between the pipes allows him to get in front of the puck quickly. He’s shown success at the NCAA level and is now translating that success into his early pro career. Like most NCAA players, he’ll need to develop consistency over a longer season and not fizzle out. Scrivens solidified himself as the starting goalie in the Marlies organization, and unless goaltending help is found, Scrivens may have a good chance to make the Leafs next season. Despite finishing his short NHL stint with a losing record, Scrivens did impress and could make a solid career in the NHL.

Cons:

 “Scriver” is not the quickest netminder in the crease area. He needs to continue making adjustments to pro shooters’ tendencies in order to maximize potential. Like most NCAA players, he’ll need to develop consistency over a longer season and not fizzle out. If a blowout happens, the fans are going to get pissed/sarcastic/apathetic, not the best for the young goalies confidence.

2012-2013 projection:

With the Monster departing for Detroit, and no replacement found as of yet, Scrivens is slated to be the Leafs backup goaltender to James Reimer. In my personal opinion, I still think the Leafs will find someone to fill in as the long term starter with the club, whether its Roberto Luongo or Jonathan Bernier or somebody else, in which case Scrivens, who has a two way deal, will spend his time with the Toronto Marlies.

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