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Fantasy Summary

A 6’7″ goalie who has a strong positional game. NHL-starter upside.


Observations

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March 2020 – Søgaard’s draft+1 season was up and down with the young Danish netminder starting the season strong through October but then began to struggle with consistency. From November through January, Søgaard was struggling to keep pucks out of the net with any sort of consistency. Game-to-game was a question of which Søgaard was going to show up. He finally seemed to get a handle on his game towards the end of the season with a .937 save percentage from February on in his final 10 games. His numbers on the full season look a bit lackluster but the promise that Søgaard brings is still there. His net coverage is excellent and his frame is massive at 6’7″ and 200lbs. He will need to put on a bit more muscle to help fill out his frame. His positioning is solid but he still needs some refinement. When he is on his game, he absorbs shots into his massive frame and acts as a blackhole in the Medicine Hat net. He isn’t the most athletic goaltender but he tracks pucks well and he is able to get away with being a bit average athletically because his physical makeup allows him to make saves that many other goaltenders just can’t reach. His pads seal the ice fairly well but he can be a bit slow to get out of his butterfly. Overall, Søgaard is still a fairly high-level goaltending prospect and like the many goaltenders before him, he will need time to develop, mature and fill out his frame. There should be no worry for Senators fans as the future of the goalie position looks stable with Søgaard and a number of other options. Tony Ferrari 

February 2020 – Mads Søgaard has struggled at times throughout this season. The second-round pick from last June is currently running with a sub-.900 save percentage and has been wildly inconsistent in net this year. There have been a number of games where Søgaard can’t seem to find his net and has been relying on his size to make saves rather than his skill or positioning. Goalies rarely develop in a linear progression so there is no cause for major concern. He remains a high upside netminder but the bust factor has always been there with a goalie like Søgaard who relies so much on his massive frame. Tony Ferrari

October 2019 – Søgaard has started the season on a high note. He has a 4-2-1 record with a .925 save percentage to open the year. He has shown off good positioning and an improvement in puck tracking. The hot start is encouraging for the Senators second-round pick who many thought was a bit of a stretch at the time with the players available. Søgaard has the chance to grow this season in the WHL and make his way up the developmental depth chart of the Senators by seasons end. With only one borderline high-end goaltending prospect (Filip Gustavsson) the Senators welcome Søgaard’s hot play to start the year. Tony Ferrari

June 2019 – Søgaard has been drafted 37th overall by the Senators.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Søgaard was officially measured at 6-foot-7.5 and 199 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – With the stretch run coming up to the playoffs nearing, Søgaard was playing some of his best hockey in early February. The Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of the month after posting a 3-0-0-0 record, finishing with a 1.30 GAA and .960 SV%. The award marked the second time he walked away with the honour this year after being named the top goalie for December 10-16, just before he went to play with Denmark at the World Juniors. He joined Dustin Wolf as the only goalie to win it twice during the regular season this year and after winning the WHL’s Top Goaltender award twice as well, it’s clear that the big netminder is a favourite to be considered for the Del Wilson Trophy as the top goalie in the Western league. While there are concerns regarding the number of times he puts himself out of position, his size allows him to absorb most of the net and forces the opposition to get creative. He doesn’t flop around and tracks one timers fairly well while giving shooters little to shoot at from east to west. Steven Ellis 

January 2019 – The World Juniors proved to be a tough time for Søgaard and the Danes, who were relegated to Division IA. Søgaard was the starting goalie for Denmark for most of the tournament, allowing 11 goals on 41 shots for Denmark in a 14-0 loss to Canada in the opening game. Søgaard was far from spectacular in the relegation round, allowing two early goals to Kazakhstan in the final game. Søgaard was far from the only weak link for a Danish team that scored just three goals (all coming in the first relegation game) in the entire tournament, but it wasn’t the best display of what he’s capable of. It was a tough blow for Søgaard, who won the top goalie award for the WHL and CHL for the week leading up to his departure to join Denmark’s training camp. Søgaard only won once in the three games he played in January for Medicine Hat, but played well in an overtime loss to Edmonton in his first game back. Steven Ellis

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country DEN
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 13, 2000
Height 6‘7”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 2; Overall: 37

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2013-2014 Aalborg U17Denmark U17- - -|      
 2014-2015 Aalborg U17Denmark U17- - -|Playoffs- - -
 2015-2016 Aalborg U17Denmark U17- - -|Playoffs- - -
  Aalborg U17DM U17- - -|      
  Aalborg U20DM U20- - -|      
  Aalborg U20Denmark U20- - -|Playoffs- - -
  Aalborg IIDenmark2- - -|Playoffs- - -
  Aalborg PiratesDenmark0 - -|      
  Denmark U16 (all)International-Jr2 5.54 -|      
 2016-2017 Esbjerg U17Denmark U17- - -|      
  Esbjerg U17DM U17- - -|      
  Esbjerg IIDenmark2- - -|      
  Esbjerg EnergyChampions HL1 4.02 .846|      
  Esbjerg EnergyDanish Cup0 - -|      
  Esbjerg EnergyDenmark0 - -|      
  Denmark U18WJC-18 D1A2 3.00 .895|      
  Denmark U18 (all)International-Jr6 1.17 .956|      
 2017-2018 Austin BruinsNAHL22 2.64 .909|      
  Denmark U18WJC-18 D1A3 4.52 .793|      
  Denmark U18 (all)International-Jr4 4.38 -|      
  Denmark U20WJC-200 - -|      
  Denmark U20 (all)International-Jr1 6.00 .897|      
 2018-2019 Medicine Hat TigersWHL37 2.64 .921|Playoffs6 3.16 .919
  Denmark U20WJC-205 6.16 .802|      
  Denmark U20 (all)International-Jr5 6.16 .802|      
 2019-2020 Medicine Hat TigersWHL37 2.53 .908|      
  Denmark U20WJC-20 D1A4 3.22 .904|      

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