A smaller goalie, Dostal moves quickly laterally and comes out far on shooters to look big. He tends to leave the top parts of the net open, but that is where his fast glove and blocker come into play.
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April 2020 – Dostal’s showing at the World Juniors was not indicative of his first full season in the Liiga with Ilves. He finished the season with a 27-8-6 record, with a sparkling 1.78 GAA, .927 save percentage (good for first in the league in both of those categories) and three shutouts. John Gibson is only 26 years old so there is no rush in bringing Dostal over from Europe just yet. The 19-year-old will continue to develop in Finland as that is where he will see most playing time and will likely make the jump to North America in the 2021-22 season. Lucas Main
February 2019 – Dostal is very quick side-to-side and also has a quick glove. He impressed during Anaheim’s rookie tournament this past summer, making 27 saves on 29 shots, with many of those being point blank chances. Then he took the World Juniors by storm, leading the tournament in GAA (1.25) and save percentage (.957). On a team that was supposed to be an offensive powerhouse, Dostal was the story and the reason the Czechs made it past round robin. Anaheim has done a good job of developing goalies in the past decade so Dostal has NHL potential, it will just take a few years. Lucas Main