By John Vogl
Junior team: Tri-City (WHL)
Born: Edmonton, Alberta
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 167 pounds
2012-13 stats: 20-14-3, 2.62 GAA, .915 save pct.
Central Scouting rank: No. 2 (North America)
Lowdown: Goaltending is important for Tri-City. The team’s owner is Olaf Kolzig, who played 719 games in the NHL. Tri-City alums include Montreal’s Carey Price and the Flyers’ Brian Boucher. Comrie is continuing the tradition.
The half-brother of former NHL forward Mike Comrie gets extensive tutoring year-round, and it’s paying off. The dual citizen, who grew up in Edmonton and California, backstopped Canada to gold at the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament. A student of the game, he anticipates plays by watching a lot of video and learning players’ tendencies. He moves laterally very well.
Comrie’s season ended in February because of hip surgery. Scouts don’t have a full season to judge, and teams can’t be sure how he’ll fare under playoff pressure. He has no postseason experience.
He said it: "I think the best way to develop skills is pre-scouting. You watch a lot of their video and understand their tendencies and what the team likes to do with the puck, and also just by playing you gain experience. That’s why goalies make it at older ages. They have experiences they know where the puck is going in different situations." – Comrie to the TheHockeyWriters.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.
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