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Fantasy Summary

Big-bodied netminder who covers a lot of net and shows composure in his movements. Reads the play well but well have to manage his level of activity tracking the puck.


Observations

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July 2022 – I think many in the scouting community were a little surprised when the Leafs traded into the fourth round of the 2022 NHL draft to select unranked 20 (almost 21) year-old goaltender Dennis Hildeby. However, once you analyze the selection a little deeper, some sense can be made of the choice.

Hildeby is listed at 6-6 and 234 pounds, and looks every bit of it on the ice. He is an imposing goaltender who uses his size effectively to provide shooters with very little daylight. Hildeby is very rarely caught out of position due to a number of factors. He plays a calm and composed game, choosing to use relatively short and conservative movements. He is highly poised on his feet, and typically anticipates lateral play well. His technical ability is smooth and quiet, allowing him to arrive in position and set his feet pri