Matthew Villalta

Los Angeles Kings
Sault Star

Fantasy Summary

A fast rising, high risk, high reward prospect with NHL potential.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CAN
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 3, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 72

Observations

December 2018 – Villalta has continued to save his way up the hockey ranks with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds by following up his 25-3-0 record and .918 SV% with an astounding 40-5-2-2 and .908 SV% backstopping his team to a first place finish and franchise record 55 wins. This incredible year came after Villalta was given a heavier responsibility in goal after the Greyhounds traded away starting net minder Joseph Raaymakers. He is off to a 14-4-3 start for the 2018-2019 campaign and was selected to attend Team Canada training camp for the upcoming 2019 World Junior Championships.
Villalta battled the likes of Vancouver Canucks prospect Mike Dipietro and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott to be one of two goalies to make the team and represent team Canada at the WJC tournament. After the last of three exhibition games against the University Sports All-Stars on December 14th Villalta was part of the additional cuts to the roster and will not be participating in the tournament this year. Villalta will shift his focus back to the Greyhounds in the hopes of having another successful season as the primary puck stopper and show the Kings organization that they have yet another goaltender ready to join their plethora of talent between the pipes. Julian Mongillo

 

October 2017 – Matthew Villalta won a backup spot on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as a walk-on and then proceeded to put up a 25-3-0 record with a .918 sv%. He continued to surpass expectations by then becoming the highest drafted goaltender since 2011 for the Kings. He plays calm in the net and his positional game is sound. Villalta needs to put on weight to become a bigger presence in the net and must be quicker on loose pucks to continue his rapid rise up the ranks. With an NHL organization now behind him, he has the resources and potential to be an NHL goaltender. Jamie Barber


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2014-2015 Greater Kingston Fr. Mn Mdgt AAA ETAMMHL 34 - - |        
 2015-2016 Greater Kingston Jr. Front. Mdgt ETAHL - - - |        
 2016-2017 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 33 2.41 .918 | Playoffs 2 4.20 .841
 2017-2018 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 49 2.58 .908 | Playoffs 24 3.30 .893
 2018-2019 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 39 3.18 .897 |        

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