Alex Nedeljkovic

Carolina Hurricanes
Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail

Fantasy Summary

Future NHL starter with physical attributes similar to Jonathan Quick.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country USA
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 7, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 200 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 2; Overall: 37

Observations

May 2018 – Nedeljkovic improved significantly in 2017-18, settling into the starter’s crease in Charlotte. The diminutive tender posted good numbers in the regular season with a 2.55 goals against average in 49 appearances, but turned up his play in the playoffs, with a 2.12 GAA and .919 save percentage in eight games. Nedeljkovic should be one of the AHL’s top goaltenders in 2018-19 as he continues to develop his game with an eye on the NHL.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2017 – In his first professional season, Nedeljkovic was a rare prospect who played in three different levels in 2016-17. He made 12 starts in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, 25 starts with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and made a 30 minute relief appearance for the Carolina Hurricanes where he made 17 of 17 saves. It was an up and down season for arguably Carolina’s best goaltending prospect, who looked good at times and struggled at others. He finished the season in the ECHL, starring for the Everblades in seven playoff games, where he allowed just 13 goals. 

With the addition of Scott Darling, the fast track that Nedeljkovic was on to Carolina’s net may be slowed down a bit, a development that will be great for his development. Look for Nedeljkovic to spend 2017-18 in the AHL, getting plenty of starts in his second professional season.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2016 – Nedeljkovic had a phenomenal season last year, showcasing his ability at both the OHL and World Junior level. Easily Team USA’s best player at the World Juniors, the Ohio native finished the tournament with a 1.66 GAA and a .943 save percentage, leading his team to a bronze medal finish.

After his move from Flint to Niagara, Nedeljkovic settled in, helping to lead the IceDogs to a deep playoff run where he was undoubtedly the team MVP on most nights. Given that Carolina just signed Cam Ward to a two-year extension, its looking more and more likely that Nedeljkovic will arrive in the NHL for the 2018-19 season as the teams starter. Kevin LeBlanc

December 2015 – Alex Nedeljkovic was named to the United States World Junior Championship preliminary roster on Tuesday and has a good chance to be on the final club for the tournament in Finland. Kevin LeBlanc

December 2015 – After starting the season with nine wins in 19 games with the Flint Firebirds, Nedeljkovic was traded to Niagara IceDogs along with fellow Hurricanes D prospect Josh Wesley. The young goaltender dazzled in his debut with Niagara, earning first star honors with a 44 save performance in a 2-1 win over Peterborough.  Kevin LeBlanc

April 2015 – The Carolina Hurricanes top goaltending prospect weathered a difficult year this season with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15.  Nedeljkovic was one of the lone bright spots in the Whalers season and his increased goals against average and dip in save percentage can be directly attributed to the rebuilding of Plymouth’s roster.  Team USA selected the goaltender for the 2014-15 World Junior team, but he did not participate in any games. After completing his career in Plymouth, Nedeljkovic was signed to a three-year entry level deal with the Hurricanes and will feature as the main goaltender for the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers next season.  With Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin signed through next season, the American born goaltender will more than likely not see NHL time next year, but is the teams future in net.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2014 – Alex Nedeljkovic was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes at 37th overall in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Hurricanes’ current Assistant General Manager, Mike Vellucci, used to be the GM and coach of the Plymouth Whalers, the team Nedeljkovic is currently playing for. Nedeljkovic plays a highly athletic style and has a lot of poise for a young kid. –Kevin Won

May 2014 -Alex Nedeljkovic was named to the OHL’s 1st All-Star Team joining Scott Laughton, Connor Brown, Dane Fox, Slater Koekkoek and Aaron Ekblad. Brendan Ross

May 2014 – Lacking ideal size at 6-foot-0, Alex Nedeljkov relies on his athleticism, quick reflexes and instinctual reads to gain that split second advantage on shooters. The American butterfly goaltender is technically sound in his crease and has loads of confidence. Nedeljkovic has proven to be a big game player whether representing USA Hockey internationally or defending crease in Plymouth. He recently returned home from Finland after winning a gold medal with USA at the Under-18 World Championships. He’s the type of poised puck stopper who can steal a game outright. Alex Nedeljkovic was named the 2013-14 OHL’s Goaltender of the Year posting a remarkable .925 save percentage (2nd in OHL) and 2.88 GAA on one of the league’s worst teams.  Nedeljkovic is projected to be a late first or early second round selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2008-2009 Cleveland Pee-Wee QC Int PW - - - |        
 2009-2010 Cleveland Barons Bantam Minor T1EMBHL 31 2.10 .902 |        
 2010-2011 Cleveland Barons Bantam Major T1EBHL 21 1.87 .916 |        
  Cleveland Barons U18 T1EHL U18 2 4.32 .889 |        
 2011-2012 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 18 1.88 .903 | Playoffs 4 2.50 .915
 2012-2013 Metro Jets NA3HL 9 2.49 .933 |        
  Plymouth Whalers OHL 26 2.28 .923 | Playoffs 15 2.71 .908
 2013-2014 Plymouth Whalers OHL 61 2.88 .925 | Playoffs 5 4.41 .905
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 7 1.86 .908 |        
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2.99 .896 |        
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 1.84 .902 |        
 2014-2015 Plymouth Whalers OHL 55 3.13 .916 |        
  Florida Everblades ECHL 3 3.37 .841 |        
  USA U20 WJC-20 0 - - |        
 2015-2016 Flint Firebirds OHL 19 3.21 .907 |        
  Niagara IceDogs OHL 30 2.72 .907 | Playoffs 17 2.81 .903
  USA U20 WJC-20 6 1.66 .943 |        
 2016-2017 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0.00 1.000 |        
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 25 3.40 .881 |        
  Florida Everblades ECHL 12 2.97 .903 | Playoffs 7 1.92 .930
 2017-2018 Charlotte Checkers AHL 49 2.55 .903 | Playoffs 8 2.11 .919
 2018-2019 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 2.00 .923 |        
  Charlotte Checkers AHL 43 2.34 .914 |        

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