Merrick Madsen

by Keith Duggan on April 15, 2018

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Merrick Madsen, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 190

Born: 1995-08-22

Hometown: Preston, ID, USA

Drafted: 162nd overall 2013 by Philidelphia

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2018- With Harvard's season over and Madsen completing his senior year, he has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes. He went 10-10-3 this past season with a .2.27 GAA and .918 save percentage along with three shutouts in 24 games with the Crimson. His numbers were solid but Madsen did look pedestrian in some games, seeing him compete with junior Michael Lackey for time in the crease at times. Neverless he leaves Harvard as one of it's best netminders of all-time, having set the school record for best save percentage, second in shutouts, third in wins and fifth in GAA. Madsen will have some stiff competion at the next level though with Adin Hill and Hunter Miska putting together excellent season's in the AHL and could begin 2018-19 in the ECHL. Keith Duggan

June 2017- Madsen's rights have been traded to the Arizona Coyotes along with Nick Cousins for prospect Brendan Warren and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. An upcoming senior who has been a two-year starter for Harvard, Madsen posted outstanding stats this past season (GAA of 2.11 and .923 save percentage) while racking up a school record of 28 wins, along with a 16-game winning streak which was also a program record. He was named a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the most outstanding goalie, and a Walter Brown semifinalist (best American-born college hockey player in New England). Madsen has been named one of three captains for the Crimson going into the 2017-18 season. He gives the Coyotes more prospect depth in goal, a area they have been lacking in. Keith Duggan

September 2016 – No one has been able to consistenlty predict the success of goalies, let alone college goalies, meaning Merrick Madsen could very well be a future starter in the NHL. The 6’5 Ivy leaguer is coming off a dominant campaign in which Madsen was able to post an impressive .931 save percentage through 29 games. Madsen isn’t an overly athletic goalie, however he moves around the crease well enough that his size does the majority of the work when it comes to stopping pucks. The 21-year-old math major is heading into his third season with Harvard in which he will look to improve upon his already stellar numbers. The problem for Merrick will be fitting into the Flyers system as the cupboards are currently chock full of up-and-coming netminders including the likes of Carter Hart, Anthony Stolarz, and another former Ivy league net minder in Alex Lyon. Long-term, Madsen may not be a fit in Philly, but I do think there is still a chance he carves out an NHL career elsewhere. Brennen York

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

A big, intelligent goalie with another two years left in college.

 

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