Big, athletic netminder with quality quickness. Untapped upside.
Click to Expand
May 2023 – If the up-and-coming netminder was still laying on your free agents list on Fantrax/Yahoo, it may be too late to snag him up without a fierce bidding war. Following his stellar AHL rookie season, the Latvian shun brightly this month, backstopping his home country in his second go-around at the World Championships in as many years. He sported a 7-2-0 record to go with an incredible .921 save-percentage and 2.20 GAA. Oh, and brought a Bronze Medal back to Latvia, defeating Team USA in overtime to mark the countries first medal finish in its WC history. His stock continues to skyrocket and is quickly becoming one of the organization’s top conversation piece. While it is unclear if he will serve as the backup for the big club in 2023-24, you can rest assured that he will be the go-to call-up option, should injuries arise at any point. Dave Hall
March 2023 – Following a full season of drifting between leagues in 2022-23, Silovs has established himself as the clear starter for Abbotsford and has cemented his status as a promising prospect in the Canucks’ goaltending pipeline. With Mikey DiPietro officially out of the picture, the 21-year-old Latvian has emerged as the organization’s prized prospect in net. In 38 games played (so far), Silovs sits third among AHL netminders with 22 wins (22-10-5 record) and ranks among the league’s top-10 with a 2.48 goals-against average. His impressive season was capped off with a brief five-game stint with the big club, during which he looked comfortable and nearly NHL-ready. Silovs earned three wins during his audition and left Canucks fans and fantasy owners confident in his trajectory. While Thatcher Demko remains the team’s top goaltender, Arturs Silovs is sitting shotgun on the depth chart and could earn backup duties as soon as next season. Dave Hall
March 2022 – In his first full season as a pro, Silovs finds himself in the midst of a three-legged race, as he attempts to steal the crease from his colleagues, Mikey DiPietro and Spencer Martin. With that, he has been handed just 10 starts on the year, resulting in sporadic starts, sometimes weeks apart. While he has shown flashes of brilliance, it’s been a rather inconsistent roller coaster for the young Latvian. In those 10 games, he sports a 3-6-0 record, to go with an underwhelming 3.10 goals against and a .888 save percentage. As mentioned, there are times in which Silovs has shown great potential, which offers hope for future NHL deployment. He will look to the 2022-23 campaign with hopes that the crease becomes less crowded, and he can enjoy a higher start percentage. Dave Hall
December 2020 – While playing in the Deutschland Cup against pro competition from Germany, Silovs slammed the door shut and led his club to their first title at the mini-event. He had a .932 save percentage over the two contests. If Latvia was in the top division at the upcoming WJC, he’d likely be the starter. Cam Robinson
March 2020 – The Latvian netminder had an up-and-down first season in the OHL. He was surrounded by a mediocre team and produced mediocre numbers – landing around the 20th overall mark for most metrics. With his height and athleticism, along with further adjustments to the North American game and way of the life, the recently turned 19-year-old should be primed to push those numbers up in 2020-21. Cam Robinson
June 2019 – The Vancouver Canucks selected Silovs in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’4 netminder was dynamite for the Latvians at the most recent U18 World Championships. While often seeing 40-plus shots a game against the powerhouse nations, he stood his ground and posted a .918 save percentage. He owns good positioning, elasticity, and athleticism. Cam Robinson