The Arizona Coyotes under John Chayka did a lot of trading picks, especially with the later picks. At the 2018 Draft, they sent the 87th overall pick in exchange for the 114th and 145th picks. With the 114th overall pick, the Coyotes drafted goaltender Ivan Prosvetov.
Team: Tucson Roadrunners/Rapid City Rush
Regular Season Games Played: 27/5
Goals against average: 2.88/2.40
Save percentage: .909/.930
Luckily Prosvetov didn’t have to go back to Juniors like North American prospects and he was able to play with the Tucson Roadrunners and the Rapid City Rush this past season. He was also briefly recalled by the Coyotes, although he did not play any games for the Desert Dogs.
Prosvetov’s numbers look good before you realize that at his age he should not be facing this level of competition. Goaltenders tend to take longer to develop, and it wouldn’t have been too surprising if Prosvetov spent the entire season in the ECHL.
In his first season with the Roadrunners, Prosvetov played the most games as a goaltender with 27. Adin Hill had a better goals-against average, save percentage, and had one more shut out, but still a very successful first season in the pros.
With Prosvetov the Roadrunners went on to capture their second Division Championship, an impressive accomplishment even with the pandemic shortened season. It’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to see what Prosvetov could do in the playoffs.
In his rankings of NHL organizations, Corey Pronman listed Prosvetov at 8th, noting that he could be a “Legit NHL player.” Pronman wrote:
“Provsetov is intriguing as a 6-foot-5 goalie with very good quickness. He can make unique saves with consistency, which at his size gets NHL scouts excited. His puck-tracking has gotten a lot better and he made pro-level reads. . .”
Provsetov is the Coyotes’ only goaltender on the list, although the listing is exclusively for players 22 or younger, meaning Merrick Madsen is excluded due to his age.
The Coyotes have a lot of questions surrounding their goalies. Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper have been a very successful tandem, but it seems to make more sense to trade one and give Adin Hill a shot as a more traditional backup. If that happens and someone goes down the Coyotes will likely give Prosvetov the first call up.