by Lisa McRitchie on 03/19/12 at 11:30 PM ET
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with 2010 goaltending prospect Tyler Bunz, signing the WHLer to a 3 year entry level deal.
Bunz has had the season of his career with the Medicine Hat Tigers posting a 39-17-5 record in the regular season, had 3 shutouts, WHL leading 5 assists from a goaltender, a 2.57 GAA and a 0.921 S%. This has also combined for 115 career wins for Bunz with the Tigers, a new franchise record. With 39 regular season wins, Bunz finished 2nd in the WHL beat by 3 games by Edmonton Oil Kings’ goaltender Laurent Brossoit.
Bunz was of course excited about his deal tweeting: “Very special day for my family and I. Dream come true to sign a contract with the oilers. Very honored to be a part of the organization.”
Bunz grew up an Oilers fan, and to this point it has been a dream come true to put on the Oilers logo with every camp. Now, Bunz is one step closer to wearing the logo on a more permanent basis.
Even before being drafted into the NHL, Bunz was doing everything he could to be a top prospect. “You don’t see many kids that when they come in at 15, they know where they want to do and they know what they’re going to do to get there. Right there, that set him apart from the other guys that have been coming through through the years. Definitely he had a plan and he knew what he was going to do to get there” Bunz’s goaltending coach J.F. Martel explained. Now, it seems to have come together.
Bunz is still developing and working on his game, but there will always be room for development. This season Bunz has made improvements to his rebound control and has shown a quick glove hand, but still had games where he seemed to be beat too easily up high. At the same time, current Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk has had the same issue.
The Medicine Hat Tigers will face off against the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL playoffs, and we can expect to see Bunz playing some inspired hockey.
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