With the 154st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators selected goaltender Tomas Vomacka.
Here’s what the experts said about him leading up to the draft.
Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) for 2017-18, committed to University of Connecticut (NCAA) for 2018-19
18, 6’3”, 172 lbs.
“He is a tall Butterfly goalie who stands with a wide stance and a low crouch. He combines a conservative style with aggressive play on passouts and cross passes. He’s a good skater, using his edges very well. He shows very good skills. Often down early in short game plays, he is sometimes vulnerable to high shots. He can control rebounds very well. His athletic ability and strong skating are good assets for a potential Pro goalie.”
“A true gamer who plays with a lot of enthusiasm and wants to make an impact in the game from his crease. He is very flexible; protects the bottom of his net well and can count on sharp reflexes to make a play on desperation saves. Most of the time he will remain in sound position and will not over-complicate things. His legs are quick, although they could use added beef, and he is very mobile in and out of his crease. He is not afraid to use his stick to poke-check the puck from opposite forwards, to put pucks in corners to clear the front of his crease, or to make a pass up to a teammate starting the breakout. He is a very active, emotional goaltender who doesn’t appreciate company in his crease, showing he is more than willing to send a message to opposite forwards with a whack or jab.”
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