Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25 - #19 - Eric Comrie

Bruce Bennett

We look at the top 25 players under the age of 25 in the Winnipeg Jets organization, as voted by the authors of Arctic Ice Hockey.

We come to our 3rd goaltender in the Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25 which is a good thing. The best method for gaining strong NHL calibre goaltenders is to accumulate as many as possible. Eric Comrie is a hybrid of athleticism and positional style and is the first goaltender drafted by the Jets 2.0 organization who has a high level of pedigree.

Rank Player DOB Drafted Garret Tim Ben Ryan Trevor Derek Graham Daniel TJ
19 Eric Comrie 06/07/1995
#59, 2013 20 19 20 22 20 20 17 25 17

Previous Rank: NR

American or Canadian?

As a dual citizen Eric Comrie made the interesting choice to play in the American hockey system, playing for the Los Angeles Selects. He played well posting a 0.940 save percentage and the team made it all the way to the semi-finals.

Eric Comrie split starts in the regular season for his rookie CHL season for the Tri-City Americans, although did not see any post-seasonal games. Comrie was also selected to play in the U17 for the Canada Pacific team. He also played backup to Zach Fucale for the U18 Canadian team at the Hlinka tournament, winning gold.

Comrie started off the next season as the starter, but ended up having chronic hip injury problems. He eventually opted to shutdown for the season, going with surgery to hopefully extinguish any future complications.This unfortunately ended Eric's strong season.

Eric has started off the season to mix results, having four strong games and two "not-so-strong" games. Overall at this point in time Comrie has a 0.908 Sv% in his WHL career.

Future starter or future bust?

This is a bit of a theme for the Jets goaltender prospects and it is not going to end any time soon. There is a lot of randomness when it comes to projecting goaltenders, and the quality of prospect tends to have a very weak correlation to draft position. This is one of the reasons why one should be hesitant of "goalie experts" and their eye-tests, since it seems that they make errors more commonly than areas like forward scouting.

This is nothing against Eric Comrie however. Comrie is a true top prospect and has legitimate starter upside, but he has proven very little thus far and therefore has huge risk. He is on this list by no accident. The Jets have over the last three drafts dramatically increased their depth in potential goaltenders, essentially supplementing lonesome Eddie Pasquale with Connor Hellebuyck, Eric Comrie, Juho Olkinuora, Michael Hutchinson, Jason Kasdorf, and Jamie Phillips.

Comrie's hybrid-combination of athleticism and positioning style should serve him well as he looks to gain size over the next two seasons in the WHL, with filling out his very lanky frame.

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