Tyler Bunz is the latest in a fairly long line of Oiler goalies drafted in the last decade from the CHL. Bunz’ final junior season has been very good to exceptional–he currently leads the league in save percentage and boasts a 39-15 won-loss record. Is Bunz the best goaltending prospect Edmonton has drafted in the last 20 years?
- Bunz .923 (1st WHL)
- Jeff Deslauriers .916
- Devan Dubnyk .912 (tied for 12th WHL)
- Oliver Roy .911 (tied for 4th in QMJHL)
- Bryan Pitton .911 (tied for 9th OHL)
I can’t find the JDD SP for his season. We know SP’s are a moving target and they are trending toward 1.000 as the seasons roll by, but Bunz has a nice number. We also know that teams can contribute toward good SP’s based on their style of play, but the backup in Medicine Hat has an .899SP so this does look like a case of a goaltender delivering at a high level.
Bunz might not even be the best goalie in the system. Olivier Roy is at .927 with Stockton of the ECHL and that’s good for third in the league–best among rookie pro’s. Roy is backstopping a struggling team too, and has a matching save percentage in a small AHL sample.
The Oilers have Roy ready for AHL play next season and Bunz may end up in Stockton for a season based on the Oilers own established goalie path. Questions:
- which goaltender is the better prospect at this point in time?
- what level should each play in 12-13?