Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Glover-ed One

Seattle gets some clarity in the goaltending situation...or did they?  GM Russ Farwell sends a 2013 third round Bantam Pick to Calgary in exchange for 20 year old goalie Brandon Glover.  Glover has never been the outright #1 goalie in his WHL career (split between Calgary and Moose Jaw), but when he has played he's put up decent numbers.  He also put up very good numbers in the 2012 playoffs for the Hitmen. 

I actually recall a game a few years ago when Glover (great name for a goalie by the way!) was a with Moose Jaw and played very well against the T-birds at the Crushed Can.  At the time I thought he was going to be the future in net for the Warriors.  Not sure why that didn' work out but let's hope it works out well with the 'Birds. 

You don't give up a 3rd round pick for a 20 year old netminder to be anything but the #1 guy.  The question now becomes who backs up Glover?  Daniel Cotton spent all of last season as the back-up to Calvin Pickard.  He saw limited playing time but is still relatively young, heading into his 18 year old season.  Seattle recently signed Danny Mumaugh, a 16 year old out of Colorado and indications seemed to be he is expected to be with the team next year. 

Justin Myles was a 5th round bantam selection two years ago who had a solid camp last fall.  Does he still figure in the team's plans?  What about Nolan Kruizenga who was drafted in the spring of 2011 or Brad Regabliati was was listed last year by the club? 

Meanwhile the T-birds expended a 3rd round pick earlier this month on Logan Flodell.  While he won't be with the team this coming season, he will be at camp this August.  Could there be seven goalies at camp? 

Right now the odds seem to favor a Glover/Mumaugh combo but don't be surprised if the team carries three goalies through the first week or so of the regular season.  The good news is that with the trade for Glover Seattle has a veteran netminder who's been through the WHL wars to step in for Pickard.

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