2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings- The Long Shots: Zach Bouthillier

Position: Goaltender2018 TLN Top 20 Rank: Not Ranked
How Acquired: 2018 7th Round (209th Overall)
Why Bouthillier’s in this tier?
We might have been a little kind to Bouthillier by putting him in the long shot tier instead of the longest shots, given that he hasn’t exactly been a statistical darling over his time in the QMJHL. He hasn’t broken the .900 save percentage in any of his seasons, and at best has been a platooning starter, not fully taking the starter gig outright.
Some of that could change in this up coming season, as Bouthillier is part of what was an absolutely dreadful Saint John Sea Dogs team to close out the year. His numbers certainly suffered from that fate, but he finely had the starter role outright, and should get a chance to run with that in advance of the Leafs making decisions on his future at the end of the year.
Bouthillier has the size you want in a professional hockey goaltender, as he’s 6’2, but not overly bulky at just 190 lbs. With Kaskisuo’s contract up at the end of the season, it’s entirely possible that Bouthillier could be brought in to see how he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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