NHL scouts will have an extensive dossier on Drummondville goaltender Domenic Graham when the draft rolls around.
By next June, the Aylmer, Ontario native could have more than 130 regular-season games under his belt, having debuted as a 16-year-old in `10-11, capturing the Raymond Lagacé Trophy as the QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (18-7-1, 2.54, .896).
Graham has progressed considerably since being the sixth goalie selected in the 2010 Q Entry Draft (4th round, 68th overall). He was recently rated a 'B' prospect - or potential top 60 pick - on Central Scouting's initial watch list.
Domenic Graham (G), Drummondville
Competitive, hard-working goalie .. brings a mix of poise and determination - and a 'structure' to his game thanks to a sound technical approach .. relies on sustaining tight positioning - backed by a keen sense for how to play his angles .. anticipates the game well - shows an awareness of the opponent's positioning on the ice ..operates rather deep in his net with decent economies of movement .. rarely jets out above the blue paint .. exhibits smooth pokecheck technique when he does venture out however - sustains proper balance and posture .. hard to beat along the ice due to solid butterfly technique and quick reaction speed .. his up-and-down quickness is excellent - collapses instantly to a compact butterfly .. tracks the puck well through traffic, aided by an upright stance, despite not being overly tall or thickly constructed at six-foot and 160 pounds .. rebound control is strong - has a good feel for the puck .. body is soft, pucks seem to stick to his belly .. comfortable handling the puck - likes to venture out and play pucks behind and around his net ..stays involved in all aspects of the game - communicates and directs his teammates .. protects the middle of his net effectively .. must guard against over-reacting however - getting pulled out wide and trapped down on his pads .. can be vulnerable on broken and/or backdoor plays - as his lateral recovery speed is merely average .. overall approach based more on positioning and efficiencies.