Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Date of Birth: July 6, 1995
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta
Ht: 6'0" Wt: 170 lbs
2012-2013 Regular Season Stats:
Eric Comrie has some decent bloodlines, as he's the half brother of Mike Comrie. He was having a great season before a January hip injury required surgery and ended his season. That said, he's still one of the better goalie prospects in this draft.
He has decent size, moves well, and has quick legs and glove hand. He plays an aggressive hybrid style, but needs to work on rebound control.
Comrie is ranked #2 in the final Central Scouting North American Goalie rankings.
Comrie has decent size and good technique as a hybrid goalie. He has very good lateral movement and gets side to side quickly and efficiently. He reads the play well and shows excellent puck tracking as he is rarely caught out of position. His quick legs do a great job of taking away the bottom of the net. He also has a very quick glove hand which helps him to take away the top portions.
Comrie plays a very aggressive style and comes out far to cut down angles and take away net from shooters. He has excellent backwards skating which allows him to do this and recover if a forward tries to deke him to the net. Like many young goalies, he does need work on his rebound control and this is the biggest issue in his game today. He does show the ability to recover quickly and square up to rebounds which does help him recover quickly, however the rebound control must also still improve.
Comrie has real high end potential. He could become a starting goalie in the NHL if he reaches his ceiling. He will need time at the minor league level though and is a good pick for a team looking to build organizational depth amongst their goalies. His style is similar to Semyon Varlamov, but this is just a stylistic comparison and not one based on potential.
Season ending hip surgery derailed what was shaping up to be a great sophomore season... Well rounded goalie with strong ability to track the play and reaction time... Competitor who consistently gives his team a chance to win... Needs to improve strength for lateral movement in the crease.
Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:
Well, we've been pining for goaltending depth for years. We're starting to see it, but you can never have too much. Comrie is one of the best prospects in the draft this season in net, and Columbus can always make the case for more goaltending, Vezina Trophy notwithstanding.
Comrie in Action
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