Photo Credit: Prince Albert Raiders / WHL

Leafs sign goaltender Ian Scott to entry-level contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Ian Scott to a three-year entry-level contract.

Scott, 19, was selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. The Calgary Alberta has recorded a 23-2-1 record with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders. Scott stands comfortably atop the WHL leaderboards in goals against average (1.61) and save percentage (.943%).

The Calgary Alberta native is currently at Team Canada’s selection camp for the upcoming World Junior tournament.

Scott made headlines this year when he scored a goal on an empty net, from his own crease.

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  • Matmarwill

    Excellent signing, and well timed. If one looks at Mr. Scott’s development trajectory, before playing with the Marlies last spring he had put up sub900 save percentages in his previous WHL career. After the Marlies cup run (I believe he was with the team but not playing), and the summer rookie camp and fall training camp, with exposure to professional trainers, coaches and health personell, and training, he blossoms into the best goalie in his league. This bodes very well for his continued development in a professional environment. And goodness knows, the Marlies need goaltending badly!

  • Bob Canuck

    I’m on a mission to ban the use of wins and GAA as performance metrics for goalies.

    Wins is a team metric; it does not tell you if the goalie played well or not. 40 goalie wins tells you that the goalie’s team outscored the opposition in 40 games that he played. That is all that you can say with certainty. Remember, that prior to Freddie Andersen, the most goalie wins in a season for the Leafs was 37 and it was established by Ed Belfour in 2002-03 when he had a 0.922 save percentage. That record was matched by Andrew Raycroft in 2006-07 and his glorious 0.894 save percentage. The record-sharing Raycroft was replaced the next season by the legendary Vesa Toskala. By the goalie wins metric, Raycroft in 2006-07, matched Belfour’s 2002-03 performance level. Clearly, Raycroft’s record-sharing performance was considerably inferior to Belfour’s.

    With respect to GAA, the math shows the flaw in this metric as far as evaluating goalies. The formula is
    goals against divided by minutes played and then multipled by 60. Goals against is the number of shots faced multiplied by (1 minus the goalie’s save percentage). Therefore, because goalies have very little influence on the number of shots faced, GAA does not show how well the goalie played. (Yes, some goalies control rebounds better than others but the vast number of shots are not off rebounds).

    Take two goalies who have identical save percentages (0.920) and games played (40). Goalie A faces 30 shots per game; Goalie B faces 40. Goalie A’s GAA is 2.40 (30 x 40 x (1-0.920) / 40; Goalie B’s GAA is 3.20 (40 x 40 x (1-0.920) /40. Assuming the same difficulty of shots faced, I think the two goalies performed equally. GAA tells a different story.

    Maple Leafs Nation writers, please stop using goalie wins and GAA to evaluate a goalie’s performance.