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Red Wings pick Jake Paterson with 80th overall pick in 3rd round

The Red Wings have picked Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson with the 80th overall pick.

The Wings confirm:

With the 80th selection in the 2012 @NHL Draft, your @DetroitRedWings select Jake Paterson from the Saginaw Spirit.

Here’s NHL.com on the 6’2,” 183-lb native of Mississauga, Ontario:

• Paterson appeared in 42 regular-season games in 2011-12, posting an 18-18-3 record with a 3.42 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and one shutout. He played in 12 playoff games, going 6-6 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

• He split the 2010-11 season between Saginaw of the OHL and the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL. He played five games in the OHL, recording three wins, a 2.97 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

• Paterson won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, but didn’t see any ice time behind starter Daniel Altshuller (the No. 12-ranked North American goaltender).

• He wasn’t a natural-born netminder—“My first time playing goalie, I hated it and couldn’t wait for the next game to be back at forward. Shortly after I switched back to goalie.”

• He wears #57 for David Shantz, who played goalie for the Mississauga IceDogs in the OHL.


NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings
NHL player: Ryan Miller
Video game: NHL 12, Call of Duty
Movie: Anchorman, The Blind Side
TV show: How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men
Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston
Cartoon: Bugs Bunny
Website: Facebook, OHL.com, NHL.com
Pump-up song: Anything by Eminem
Restaurant: Benihana
Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Superhero: Superman

Here’s Paterson speaking to Leafs TV:

From the Wings:

Third round selection Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit meets Chris Osgood. #pairofdandiesinnet http://twitpic.com/9zmi98

From Bob Duff:

#redwings Paterson won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

RedWingsCentral on Paterson:

3-80. G Jake Paterson, 6-2, 183, Saginaw (OHL), 18-18-3, 3.42 GAA, .905 Sv%. Paterson was ranked third among North American goaltenders by Central Scouting. Was at his best later in the season, particularly in the OHL playoffs. Has good size and covers the net down low, and more importantly, gives the Red Wings another good young goaltending prospect to complement Petr Mrazek.

The Sports Forecaster on Paterson:

R3/80 Jake Paterson, G 2011-12 Stats
6-2 183 Saginaw (OHL) 42 18-18-3 1 3.42 .904

Scouting Report: Rated third among North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he took over as the starter with the Spirit in 2011-12 (42 GP, 18-18-3, 3.42 GAA, .904 Sv%) and upped his level of play in the OHL playoffs… boasts a very projectable 6-2 frame, but the 18-year-old will need to fill out in order to maximize his puck-stopping capability in the pro ranks…

A repeat and a new one from the Wings:

With the 80th selection in the 2012 @NHL Draft, your @DetroitRedWings select Jake Paterson from the Saginaw Spirit
Jake’s Twitter handle is @JakePaterson57 if you want to follow our third round pick.
Third round selection Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit meets Chris Osgood. #pairofdandiesinnet http://twitpic.com/9zmi98
Paterson said he was a #Wings fan growing up, remembers the 2002 Stanley Cup winning team well and looks up to Chris Osgood.
Our third round selection Jake Paterson meets the media here in Pittsburgh. http://twitpic.com/9zmlv7
Paterson: ‘Right now, I’m just happy to be selected by the #Wings and I’m looking forward to the near future.’

From the Saginaw Spirit, per Lindenau:

@JakePaterson57 putting on the Red Wings jersey here live at the NHL Draft 2012 #NHLDraft http://pic.twitter.com/PmuLQxDg

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan on Paterson:

The Detroit Red Wings selected goaltender Jake Paterson from the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit with their second pick, 80th overall, in the NHL entry draft at the Consol Energy Center.

Paterson appeared in 42 regular season games in 2011-12, posting an 18-18-3 record with a 3.42 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and one shutout. He played in 12 playoff games, going 6-6 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

Via RedWingsFeed, the Wings’ website has posted a clip of Paterson speaking to the press:

Update: Hockeysfuture has a profile of Paterson:


2009-10: Paterson played for the Toronto Marlboros midget minor AAA team that competed in the 2010 OHL Cup. In 50 games with the Marlies, he had a 1.41 goals against and 15 shutouts. Paterson was 5-1 with 1 shutout and a 0.78 goals against in six games at the OHL Cup. He was selected by Saginaw in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Paterson made his OHL debut with Saginaw as a 16-year-old and skated for the NOJHL’s Soo Eagles Junior A team. He won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 U17 Hockey Challenge though he did not see any action. Paterson made 23 saves in a win over Belleville in his first start on October 23rd. In five appearances with the Spirit throughout the season he was 3-2 with a 2.97 goals against and .907 save percentage. Paterson was 10-1-2 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.95 goals against and .921 save percentage for the Eagles. In 15 NOJHL playoff games he was 11-4 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.42 goals against and .931 save percentage for the NOJHL champions. Paterson was named to Team Ontario but Daniel Altshuller of the Nepean Raiders started all six games.

2011-12: Paterson handled the bulk of the goaltending chores for Saginaw in his first full OHL season and was impressive in the playoffs for the Spirit. He appeared in 42 games during the regular season and was 18-21 with 1 shutout; posting a 3.42 goals against and .904 save percentage. The Spirit finished third in the West and reached the second round of the playoffs. The Spirit were the only team to beat league champion London in regulation in the playoffs – winning twice in the team’s second-round six-game series. In 12 playoff games, Paterson was 6-6, with three of the losses coming in overtime, and had a 3.05 goals against and .903 save percentage. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked third amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

Update #2: NHL.com’s Mike G. Morreale had ranked Paterson as the third-best goalie available in the draft…

3. Jake Paterson, Saginaw (OHL): Paterson (6-2, 183) was No. 5 in the mid-term rankings but came on strong over the second half of the season to finish 18-18-3 with a 3.42 GAA and .904 save percentage.

“I like his quickness, his athleticism, drive and determination,” [Central Scouting’s Al] Jensen said. “He wants to get better and he is getting better. He’s most effective when he challenges. He has such strong leg strength. He’s challenged better over the second half and he has NHL quickness right now … he’s one of the quickest goalies in the draft.”

And Justin Goldman penned a profile of Paterson as well:

There are just a few obstacles to living in the fast lane of top-level junior hockey, among them staying energized despite a grueling schedule, being comfortable with a billet family, and staying relaxed and controlled despite the faster and more talented opponents. So with only five games as a rookie last season, playing the majority of the games this season presented plenty of tough and frustrating nights.

And while scouts know a goalie’s fundamentals are the foundation that leads to future success, they also know mental toughness is the crucial hidden element that allows those fundamentals to be executed on a consistent basis.

So what exactly does mental toughness mean to Paterson?

“Mental toughness is having your head in the game for a full 60 minutes and not letting anything get to you,” he said. “Earlier in the season I had a couple of rough stretches, so then I focused on putting it all together for a full 60 minutes. That was the biggest thing for me—just adding consistency to my game by playing the full 60. If I can do that, I can usually give my team a chance to win every night.”

Paterson, the 32nd pick of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft, also receives guidance from Saginaw goalie coach Terry Barbeau, who has worked with Buffalo’s Ryan Miller for nearly a decade. Paterson has a similar frame as the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Miller, so there’s a certain attractive, cohesive chemistry that comes from both goalies being guided by the same instructor.

However, despite the body-type connection between them, Paterson takes great pride in having his own unique style.

“I’ve always looked up to guys like Carey Price and Ryan Miller,” Paterson said. “My goalie coach in Saginaw has been a huge help, and when you have a coach that has worked with Miller before, it’s always good to get some of those same tips. I don’t really try to play a style like any NHL goaltender, but I’ve been told I have some similarities to Price and Miller.”

Update #3: USA Today’s Kyle Woodlief had Paterson tabbed as a “sleeper” pick:

With good depth at the position this season, one netminder we think was somewhat overlooked was Jake Patterson of Saginaw. The club in front of him underachieved collectively, but through it all, the kid maintained his poise and is a mentally strong battler who never gives up on a play. He shows very good anticipation, often moving across his crease to stop shots before a pass is even made, and he seems to always be thinking a step ahead of shooters and puck carriers alike. He really came on in the second half when things seemed to click in for him, and we like his attitude and mental makeup.

Update #4: Paterson spoke to the Saginaw News’s Kyle Austin just before he headed to the draft…

“My stock definitely rose in the second half of the year and especially through the playoffs,” Paterson said. “I was fortunate enough that (coach Greg Gilbert) kind of leaned on me towards the end of the year, and I was pretty pleased with how I played, and I’m hoping that kind of pays off next weekend.”

Paterson is in position to be the first Spirit player drafted at this weekend’s NHL Draft. The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranked him the third-best North American goaltender eligible for the draft in their final ranking, up three spots from his midterm ranking. Paterson, the 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario, said he will be traveling to Pittsburgh attend the draft.

“It should be a pretty fun experience,” Paterson said. “I’m just hoping to go to a team that shows a lot of interest in me.”

Paterson could be the first Spirit goaltender picked since 2009, when Eddie Pasquale went in the fourth round, and one of two Saginaw goalies picked in this year’s draft, along with Clint Windsor. Spirit forwards Justin Kea and Garret Ross also stand a good chance of being drafted, according to multiple scouting services.

Ryan Yessie of the scouting service Hockey Prospect said that Paterson’s playoff performance separated him from a group of other OHL goaltenders in his age group.

“The best part about his game is probably his play down low and in the slot area,” Yessie said. “When the puck’s right there in the crease, he seems to get down and cover everything up. The only thing he seemed to struggle with were those odd-angle shots that seemed to fool him once in a while.”

Paterson’s strong playoff performance came in just his first full season with the team. And he did it under a new goalie coach, Terry Barbeau.

“He’s a great role model for me,” Paterson said. “When he came in, he kind of just brought a sense of professionalism, working with Ryan Miller and what not. He didn’t try to change my technique too much, he was just more on the off-ice, day-to-day type of things.”

Austin noted Paterson’s results at the NHL combine...

Of the more than 100 players who participated in the combine, Paterson finished first in the push strength test, with 1.89 pounds per pound of body weight. He also finished second in two categories: push-ups (48) and push-ups times body weight.

He also finished in the top ten in two jumping and one leg power test

And he answered five questions from Yahoo Sports’ Neate Sager:

1. Every goaltender has to develop his own style, but whom in the NHL do you study closely?

“I don’t really try to model game after any specific goaltender, but just comparing myself, I’d probably say I have similarities to [Montreal Canadiens’] Carey Price or [Buffalo Sabres’] Ryan Miller. That’s who I figure I’d be similar to as far as style or technique goes. But I just try to focus on what I’ve brought up with.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Carey Price. He’s had a rough go sometimes and it’s somewhat similar to how I had a rough go with breaking into the OHL last year [going to Junior A for his 16-year-old season]. He’s someone I can look to for how he’s battled, especially in his first couple years with [Jaroslav] Halak [for the Canadiens’ starting job].”

2. You were part of a post-season run last spring with the Soo Eagles (of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League). How does that experience apply to this post-season in the OHL?

“The playoff experience from last year has really helped out — just having the same mindset going into a series. Even though it’s not the same level, you know it’s about having to win four games to move on to the next series.”

3. Who are the most challenging forwards you’ve faced in the OHL?

“I would say London and Plymouth are the two toughest teams I’ve faced as far as offence are concerned. They each have so much depth. That’s kind of our biggest concern in this series, keeping our defence focused because all four of their lines can really do so damage to you. London’s got four full lines of guys who can put the puck in the net.”

4. How did you end up becoming a goaltender?

“It’s actually a pretty funny story. My first-ever game in goal was just in a house league where you rotated goalies and I just hated it. I never wanted to be in the net. I played forward. A couple of years later when I was eight or nine, our goalie was away for a wedding and somehow I just ended up getting thrown in the net. guess I liked it. The next year my parents [mother Anne and father Kevin] bought me a set of pads and guess I liked it and stuck with it.”

5. Knowing your teammates, what are they more excited for: that there’s going to be an Anchorman 2 or that will be a Dumb and Dumber 2?

“I hadn’t even heard there was going to be a Dumb and Dumber 2. Our team are pretty big Will Ferrell fans, so they’re probably definitely more excited for Anchorman 2.”

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NHL dot com has different biometrics on him:

3   19   80   DET   JAKE PATERSON   G   CAN   6’ 0”  176   OHL   SAGINAW

I guess he’s growing day by day

Posted by Alex on 06/23/12 at 02:11 PM ET


Minutes after being drafted by Detroit he says his favorite goalie is MA Flurry of Goals. What?
That’s a faux-pas, kid.

Posted by Alex on 06/23/12 at 02:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Nill really wants to help keep GR stocked for the upcoming season.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/23/12 at 05:06 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Great physical strength. Should be able to clear his own crease with those muscles.

Of the more than 100 players who participated in the combine, Paterson finished first in the push strength test, with 1.89 pounds per pound of body weight. He also finished second in two categories: push-ups (48) and push-ups times body weight.

He also finished in the top ten in two jumping and one leg power test

Osgood’s first heavily influenced goalie draft pick surely. Holland and him go back so I trust in this decision because lets face it Holland hasn’t drafted well at the goalie position since Osgood expect Howard.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/24/12 at 12:21 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Exactly. The Wings’ goaltending developmental pipeline needed another set of eyes as Jim Bedard is more or less a full-time goalie coach for the netminders already in the system at the NHL, AHL and ECHL levels, and after losing Liv and Larsson to Europe and, well, Drew MacIntyre and Joey MacDonald not exactly developing into starters, the Wings have more or less had Howard and nobody else (thus the enormous amount of time spent by Bedard to ensure that Howard turned out right)...

And having a real-live NHL goalie who was successful at his craft (no offense to Kenny, but he was not a super dooper goalie) and played recently (ahem) on the staff is going to change things in a big way.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/24/12 at 12:28 AM ET

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