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Scouting Report: Scott Stajcer

Scott Stajcer

Scott Stajcer

*Post updated 11/15/11

Which other prospects could one day join Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest of the young Rangers on Broadway?

Blueshirt Bulletin will be tracking the progress of the next wave of youngsters as they compete and develop this season in the Canadian junior leagues, college and abroad.

Below is a compilation of scouting reports, buzz and analysis by scouts and hockey experts on Scott Stajcer.

We’ll update this as the season unfolds with the latest news at the very bottom of this post.

Scott Stajcer

Drafted: 2009 – 5th round (140th overall)

HT: 6-3

WT: 195

Pos: G

Shoots: L

Birthday: 6/14/91

Team: Owen Sound Attack, OHL

2009-2010 stats: 21-23-6, .897 SV%, 3.67 GAA, 1 SO

2010-2011 stats: 10-3-0, .901 SV%, 2.91 GAA, 1 SO

2010-2011 playoffs: 8-4, .909 SV%, 2.79 GAA, 0 SO

2011-2012 stats: 2-3-2, .922 SV%, 2.54 GAA, 0 SO profile >


Scouting report entering the season from Blueshirt Bulletin staff writer and author of The Prospect Park, Jess Rubenstein:

“By taking Stajcer with them to Europe then the Rangers are helping to boost Stajcer's OHL trade value as Owen Sound who holds Stajcer's rights already has a starting goalie. The ideal situation is where a team with ideas of a playoff run would prefer a goalie who has spent his time in a NHL camp over a 16-17 year old rookie.  Right now there are maybe 4 OHL teams who are still trying to decide if they are happy with what they have in goal. A strong showing in Europe could be the selling point that gets Stajcer on a good team with plenty of work.” (9/27/11)



What They’re Saying: – “He shows the vision to track pucks and handles rebounds quite well for a young goaltender. A hard working netminder that does not give up on a play and his combative attitude makes players want to play hard for him.” (1/16/09)

The Goalie Guild – “Another massive goaltender with great movement, Stajcer is one of the top-ranked goalies in the NHL Entry Draft and for good reason. Stajcer had an incredible playoff run with Owen Sound and the reason he was so successful was not just solid positioning and technique, but a extremely strong mental game. He’s confident, calm and composed in dire moments and is very good at making the first save. He needs to work on the things that most big-bodied goalies need to improve upon, which is rebound control and recovery from the butterfly, along with stickhandling.” (6/22/09)

The Goalie Guild – “Stajcer has a solid frame with a good set of fundamentals but needs at least a few more years in the CHL to round out his game and get used to moving laterally with that big frame.” (6/25/09)

The Prospect Park – “Something we have noticed about Stajcer that keeps us on high on him is an interesting trend we noticed that with Stajcer is that he plays better when he faces more shots.  When Stajcer has faced over 40 shots in a game, his record is 5-1-1-1 on the season. Yet when Stajcer faces less than 40 shots then his record drops to 3-10 which we have no explanation for as the average number of shots an OHL goalie tends to face in a game is 34-35.” (11/1/09) – “It would be an understatement to say Stajcer faced "a lot of shots" in 2009-10. Stajcer had to make at least 35 saves in one out of every three of his 54 starts. He had to make 40-plus saves in one of every five starts, but won seven of those 11 games, losing once in regulation, once in a shootout, and twice in overtime. On almost any other OHL team, a 40-save night would have guaranteed a win.  ‘Near the end of the season, I caught one of his games, and by then he looked tired,’ said Gordie Clark, the Rangers' Director, Player Personnel. ‘That's what happens when you average so many shots.’” (6/16/10) – “Returning from a hip injury, the big netminder has been lights-out for the Attack, losing just once in nine post-season decisions and posting a sizzling 2.08 GAA.” (5/3/11)

The Goalie Guild – “Currently, I’m not too excited about Stajcer’s potential and upside in a Rangers jersey. It is always a devastating blow to have a serious injury last as long as it did, and there’s no guarantee that Stajcer will be put in a position to play a lot of games next season. Injury concerns will linger until he has a chance to prove he is completely over the problems that plagued him this season.  Maybe the Rangers took that into account when re-signing him. And surely they trust that his injury is not going to cause long-term issues, otherwise they may not have signed him. Let’s hope this is the case, for it will take a lot of trust and patience by the Rangers for Stajcer to have any kind of legitimate NHL upside.” (5/20/11) – “The Rangers' second of two fifth-round draft picks in 2009, Stajcer signed his first NHL contract this spring after a year that started brilliantly before he was forced to battle through injury and then battle for ice time once he got back.  Mental toughness is one of the most important characteristics in an NHL goaltender, and Stajcer has no shortage of it. In fact, it was his own resilience that helped the Owen Sound Attack win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions on May 15, as Owen Sound survived a nail-biting seven-game series against Mississauga to win its first league title since franchise arrived in Owen Sound 22 years ago.” (6/17/11)

The Goalie Guild – “My first time seeing him play since the Memorial Cup tournament … In the first 10 minutes of the game, I thought he moved with more ease and efficiency than at any point last season (prior and post-injury) … Made most of his saves in the blocking mode, giving up some weak rebounds, but he placed most of them directly in front of his body, so as to limit his post-save movement … Although his movements were much better than last season, he is still not what I would call a mobile goaltender … On the first goal, a tough rebound given up on an initial shot off his left shoulder leads to the loose puck being batted to his left, so he couldn’t dive back in time to get a piece of it … 14 saves on 15 shots in the first … Beat on a backhand cross-crease feed with just under 18 seconds left in the second period, puck beats him just past an outstretched left skate … 23 saves on 25 shots after two periods … Didn’t face a shot in the first 11 minutes of the third period … Lacked smooth mobility in many situations, especially when the puck was behind his net … Finished with 26 saves on 28 shots in a pretty important win for him … Displayed good positioning and was rarely tested in the final 30 minutes of the game.

Considering how awkward and cumbersome he looked every time I watched him last season, I was fairly impressed with Stajcer’s performance in this game. Most of the rubber he faced came in the first two periods, and most of his saves were made using the blocking selection. He gave up some juicy rebounds and didn’t have the best movement, but overall he was very solid and square to the puck.” (9/11/11)

Hockey’s Future – “Stajcer has the size to be an NHL netminder, however, he needs to develop consistency and control rebounds better to make that dream a reality.” (9/27/11)

Buzzing the Net – “One suspects Stajcer, once the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over, might not be long for the Attack. It is not in either his nor Binnington's interest to split the starts 50/50. The two of them handled it with aplomb during the Memorial Cup last spring, often joking about it with reporters while standing side-by-side conducting interviews and staying poker-faced as they maintained they didn't know which goalie was in the barrel, to use the original Dick Irvin's expression.  The simplest explanation is the Rangers organization are likely returning Stajcer to junior with the full confidence he'll end up on a team where he'll be a clear No. 1 goalie. The OHL's roster rules allow a team to keep four overages (only three can play in a game) until January, so DeGray and another Trader Vic GM will have some time to adjust. No doubt every armchair GM already has a list of destinations of where Stajcer could end up. Then again, the Attack have gone against the grain before.” (10/9/11)

Hockey’s Future – “Stajcer has the size to be an NHL netminder, however, he needs to develop consistency and control rebounds better to make that dream a reality.” (10/28/11)

The Hockey Writers – “Stajcer is a big goalie, checking in at 6’2, 195 lbs. With a solid start to the season for Owen Sound, he still has plenty of work to do in terms of making Team Canada.  Rebound control has been an issue for the New York Rangers draft pick.  He also has a tendency to let in soft goals and unravel in games.  Neither of these traits bode well for him, however with a month left before Selection Camp in Calgary, he still has time to make a solid impression.” (11/2/11)




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