A few facts on Zach Nagelvoort:
- Nagelvoort is the grandson of Dr. Paul W. Gikas, U-M professor emeritus of pathology and a former faculty representative (1982-88) for the U-M Athletic Department.
- He is the sixth U-M player or commit to be selected by the Edmonton Oilers.
- 1991 David Oliver (7th round, 144th overall)
- In place of injured sophomore netminder Steve Racine, Nagelvoort became one of the best goaltenders in the NCAA and finished the season allowing just 2.20 goals per game, good for 15th among Division I goalies. Nagelvoort’s .929 save percentage placed him second only to Shawn Hunwick on the program’s single-season record list.
- A single-game, school-record 63 saves in a double-overtime loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament perhaps solidified Nagelvoort’s potential draft stock.
- “I was talking to my dad about it — I have never been drafted by any team before. I never got drafted to the NAHL, to the USHL, or the OHL. When I was at those levels I was thinking, ‘man, am I going to be able to make it to the next level?’”
- The Hockey Writers: Nagelvoort adds some size to Oilers future goaltending hopefuls with a 6’2 190lbs frame. He had a great season for Michigan where he held a 2.20GAA and 0.929SV%. But the most impressive stat might be a 63-save performance in March against Penn State that holds as the new record for most saves by a Wolverines goaltender. He’s been passed over in two drafts already and was in his last year of eligibility which may have more to do with a lack of exposure having spent the last three seasons prior in the NAHL. Nagelvoort is a project like Lagesson and the Oilers may get exposed for reaching with this pick. They’ve been off the mark alot on goaltenders in recent drafts and it’s still early to see what they have in the 20-year-old. He projects to stay in college for another season or two before turning pro. It’s worth noting that Brent Moran of the OHL Niagara Ice Dogs (CSS ranked 3rd among NA goaltenders) was still available and the Oilers passed instead to take the 20th ranked NA goaltender. Moran ended up going to the to Dallas Stars at 115th overall. It’s still early to say what the Oilers have with the rangy goaltender who was the 20th ranked goaltender available and taken much earlier than expected. Nagelvoort could project as a future NHL goaltender of some sort but it’s still a project none the less.