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Fantasy Summary

Athletic goaltender with great size for the position. Has a chance to grow into a reliable NHL netminder.


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May 2022 – It was a promising start to the 2021-22 season for Woll as he was called into duty for the Leafs, making his NHL debut and showing well through his first four NHL appearances. Upon his return to the Marlies, however, he was bitten once again by the injury bug and missed significant time. He got into just 15 AHL games for the season and while his numbers were an improvement on his first two AHL campaigns, his .907 SV% is nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, Woll showed progress in his development this past season and with how much longer it can take goaltenders to come into their own, there is still time for the soon-to-be 24-year-old to have a successful NHL career. He signed a three-year extension with Toronto back in February and depending on how the Leafs’ goaltending depth chart shakes out this offseason, he could find himself competing with Erik Källgren for the role of second or third goaltender heading into 2022-23. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Nearing the middle of December, Woll has played more games for the Leafs than he has for the Marlies so far this season. Given his track record and his place on the depth chart entering the season, that would classify as a surprising development. Woll’s AHL numbers through his first two seasons with the Marlies are nothing to write home about, but he played behind some poor teams as well.

With offseason signing Petr Mrázek on the shelf for most of the season to this point, and Michael Hutchinson faltering in his opportunity as Jack Campbell’s backup, Woll was recalled and won his first career start against the Buffalo Sabres. He followed that up with his first career shutout his next time out and allowed just one goal in his third start to earn his third win. Despite a rough start in his fourth appearance, Woll’s performance has been a positive development for the Leafs. The organization has historically struggled to draft and develop goaltenders and to have Woll emerge as a cheap, viable NHL option would be a big win for the franchise. Nick Richard

April 2020 – Woll learned the hard way that AHL hockey is a big step up from the NCAA. In 32 starts (possibly more than the team expected him to play as a rookie), he was left with a 0.880 save percentage. To be fair, the team in front of him struggled mightily to give a damn on many occasions, however it was still evident that the netminder will need time to learn the shooting differences of pro players. He will still only be 22-years-old when training camp opens, so don’t sell just yet. He has lots of time to find the reliable upside he showed us in college. Hayden Soboleski

October 2019 – Woll is fully healthy, assigned to the Marlies, and earned himself a shutout in his first appearance with the club. He has the power to grab the starter’s role if he can pace himself through a a much longer season than he’s used to in the NCAA, so keep an eye on his consistency in the second half. Hayden Soboleski

September 2019 – Woll will miss the organization’s prospect tournament due to a broken finger. He expects to be ready for the season, but being even a little bit behind is bad news considering the fight for the crease set to happen in the AHL this year. Hayden Soboleski

March 2019 – Woll has signed an ELC with the Toronto Maple Leafs and will report to the Marlies. This season in the NCAA he set personal bests in save percentage (0.919) and games played (37), which fantasy owners love to see. The step to the AHL can be a big one, but if it goes smoothly over the next calendar year he will quickly rise up the prospect goalie rankings. Hayden Soboleski

February 2019 – After putting up a 0.915 sv% as a sophomore and 0.913 sv% as a freshman, we knew Woll would likely be a consistent force in 2018-19 as a Junior. He has exceed expectations so far, posting a 0.921 sv% so far and being nominated for the Hobey Baker award. With the crease wide open in the AHL right now, Woll will have the chance to play a huge role within the organization going forward if he keeps playing like this. Fantasy stock rising. Hayden Soboleski

December 2017 – Expectations are high for this third round pick from the 2016 draft. At 19, Woll is a young goalie with good size and tons of potential. He is now in his second year with Boston College and doing well if not spectacular with a 0.908 save percentage. He will likely be in the net for the US team at this year’s World Juniors. How he does in that tournament will provide just where he fits in on the goalie depth chart for Leafs. With Sparks and Picard playing so well it is likely Woll stays with Boston College for at least another year and perhaps two which would be his senior year with Boston College.  Brian Harling

July 2016 – With the drafting of the young American goalkeeper, the Leafs inserted a talent that jumps to the top of the prospect depth chart in net. Woll possesses a large, projectable frame that is very attractive around the league that works will with his quick footwork. He has the same high end potential that top goalie draftees Carter Hart and Filip Gustavsson have, but Woll does not have the same hype due to the fact he has been playing in a more sheltered program more than a major junior league, yet he has been playing amongst some of the best talents around the US developmental program. Unfortunately, he seems to have a longer wait to surface than many others as he will just be starting his NCAA career for Boston College. It is expected that he will have no problem taking the starting gig and holding it for the next 3-5 years, until Toronto talks him into starting his pro career. He is a very likely candidate to appear on the World Junior roster in the upcoming years and should gain notoriety more quickly. It has been noted that he is a very adaptable goaltender and a quick, excited learner which are excellent character traits to have for a higher end talent. At the moment he is a name to take note of and monitor, but still has a large timeline in respect to hitting your fantasy roster that may result in a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Jason Banks

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 12, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 203 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 3; Overall: 62

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2010-2011 St. Louis Jr. Blues QC Int PW2 1.00 -|      
 2013-2014 St. Louis AAA Blues 16U AAAT1EHL 16U18 1.71 .933|      
  Team Kelly USA-S155 3.84 .905|      
 2014-2015 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL18 4.21 .878|      
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP29 3.48 .886|      
  USA U17WHC-173 2.33 .905|      
 2015-2016 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL12 2.60