Mark Visentin

Keith Duggan

2016-01-21

Mark Visentin - Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com

Mark Visentin, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 194

Born: 1992-08-07

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Drafted: 2010 by Phoenix Coyotes, 27th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2016 – After signing with the Rockford IceHogs in the offseason, there was some hope that Visentin might be able to rejuvenate his career and turn around his career like we have seen some goalies do in recent years. So far in 2015-16, he has taken a backseat to journeyman Michael Leighton while posting okay numbers in limited action. Despite the lackluster year thus far, being a former first rounder should provide the chance to get more chances  in professional hockey. Matt Donohue

July 2015- Mark Visentin has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate. He will most likely split duties with Michael Leighton. After missing all of 2014-15 with an injury, the former 2010 first round pick needs to rejuvenate his career. Keith Duggan  

 

June 2015- The Coyotes have announced that they have not offered Mark Visentin a qualifying offer, making him a unrestricted free agent on July 1st. While he missed all of 2014-15 with an injury and struggled with consistency his previous two seasons in the AHL, it still was a major surprise that the one-time goalie of the future will not be back with the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

 

January 2015- With the announcement of Devan Dubnyk being traded to the Minnesota Wild, information came out that Mark Visentin will not be an option as a backup to Mike Smith. He had season-ending surgery on his ankle that was hurt during Coyotes training camp. After a pretty decent season last year this is terrible news for Visentin and his development as the goalie of the future for the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

 

October 2014- Mark Visentin suffered a lower body injury in a scrimmage during Coyotes training camp, causing him to miss pretty much all of the preseason. He's been assigned to Portland of the AHL for a third year but as the season began Visentin remains on the IR. Their has been no timetable to when he will return to the lineup but when he does he'll have some stiff competition for playing time in the crease. The Coyote's signed veteran Mike McKenna over the summer to split time with Visentin this coming season, and Louis Domingue will look to move up the depth chart after an excellent training camp in Arizona. Keith Duggan

 

June 2014-With Mike Smith missing the last part of the season with an injury, Visentin go to experience NHL life serving as Thomas Greiss backup in the Coyotes unsuccessful push for the playoff's. When the Coyotes were eliminated from the playoff race, Visentin got to make his first NHL start on April 12th, against the San Jose Sharks. Phoenix lost but Visentin played well not looking out of place. Look for the Coyotes to probably sign a veteran backup this offseason and him and Visentin battle it out for the backup position next season. Keith Duggan

 

March 2014- With an injury to Coyotes number one goalie Mike Smith, Visentin was called up to Phoenix on an emergency basis.  He probably won't get any playing time unless Thomas Greiss ends up getting pulled from a game but if he does this could be a good audition to be the teams backup next season. Visentin has a had a so-so season thus far in the AHL for Portland. He started the season very well playing the majority of games for the Pirates posting a 0.914 save percentage through December. After that his game started slipping and his save percentage fell to a 0.901 at the time of his call-up with him also splitting netminding duties or at times being outplayed by Louis Domingue. Keith Duggan

 

July 2013 – Mark Visentin played reasonably well for a first year pro in the AHL. For the first time in many years, he was forced to battle all year for starts, and that could pay off quite well next season. Throughout the year, his SV% hovered between .900 and .910. It is reasonable to expect an increase in across the board statistics next year, as his main competition in net, Chad Johnson, signed with the Bruins in the offseason. His future has gotten cloudier in Phoenix, as the Coyotes have locked up Mike Smith up for six years and Thomas Greiss for a year. Austin Wallace

 

March 2013 – Visentin has been a stalwart in net everywhere he has played. From his Halton Hills AAA days where he amassed a 1.89 GAA leading to Niagara Ice Dogs making him a 3rd round priority selection in the 2008 draft right on through his OHL days where he was awarded 2010-2011 Goaltender of the Year award. Those days were the days when Visentin was the undisputed number one goalie now he finds himself battling for playing time with the Portland Pirates where Visentin shares the crease with the recently called up Chris Johnson and the Coyotes 3rd round selection in 2009, Mike Lee. If Visentin can continue to play strong and with consistency he should find himself first in line to call if either Smith or Labarbara go down. Keeper and dynasty owners should have already drafted him by now but if not keep tabs from here on out. Travis Watson

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Missing all of 2014-15 with an injury and now being let go by the Coyotes, Visentin will need to catch on with a new team and have a huge year to be considered a starting goalie of the future once again.

 

Footage:

Visentin with the unbelievable save.

 

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