The 2021/22 season is fast approaching, so here at Five For Howling, we’re taking a look at this year’s Arizona Coyotes 25 best players under the age of 25.
Another player that has climbed the rankings since last year is the Coyotes’ best young goaltender within their system, Ivan Prosvetov.
Josef Kořenář was added to the organization in a way that saw former top goaltender talent Adin Hill head to San Jose while bumping Prosvetov up to 13th on the list this season - a jump of three places.
20/21 League: NHL (Arizona Coyotes), AHL (Tucson Roadrunners)
Games played: 3/18
Goal Against Average: 4.15/3.54
Save Percentage: .824/.895
Highest rating: 8
Lowest rating: 17
Last year’s rankings: 16
The 6-foot-5, 176lbs Moscow native has had quite the impressive progression since being selected in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2018 Draft, jumping from the OHL to the ECHL and AHL after just a year post-draft to spending some time as injury relief with the NHL club in this most recent campaign.
In a season largely impacted by Coronavirus restrictions, unlike anything that had been experienced before or will hopefully be experienced again, Prosvetov posted some tough numbers behind a Tucson Roadrunners team missing many of their top players.
This season, however, it’s expected that the acrobatic goaltender will show improvements behind a restocked team just under two hours away along I-10, emphasizing developing top young players now firmly on the agenda for the organization.
Prosvetov is the unquestioned starter for the Roadrunners, and he will have a chance to support many impressive young skaters on the ice, including draftees Ben McCartney, Liam Kirk, and Janis Jérôme Moser.
No other goaltender within the Coyotes organization under the age of 25 comes close to Prosvetov’s abilities, which may prompt some decisions in future drafts to ensure a steady stable is developed along with the new-look skaters coming through the ranks.
Until that time, however, Prosvetov has the opportunity to truly develop himself into an NHL-level stopper with plenty of starting minutes expected in the AHL in 2021/22.