Sault Star

Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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June 2022 – Villalta was given the keys to the Ontario castle in 2021-22, playing a career high 46 games while posting a 2.98 GAA and a .903 save percentage, both personal bests for the 23-year-old. VIllalta leads the young group of goaltenders in the Kings minor league system and is the presumed starter for the Reign when the 2022-23 season kicks off. Between his RFA status and other talented members of the pipeline, this is far from certain to happen. Villalta is still only 23-years-old and still far from his potential to become a starting goalie or at least a 1B option in the NHL. With Jonathan Quick under contract for one more season, he might have to go through at least one more year in the AHL barring a trade or injury to one of the NHL goalies. Sean Crocker

April 2020 – Thanks to the trade that saw Jack Campbell moved to Toronto back in early February, and the Kings AHL starting goalie Cal Petersen recalled to the NHL; Villalta has become the primary back stopper for the Ontario Reign. After serving as the back-up goaltender for most of this season appearing in only 13 games up to the trading of Jack Campbell, he has since started nine games going 5-3-1 with a 3.12 GAA and 0.910 Save Percentage in that span. He should continue to see the bulk of the workload should this season continue otherwise he will pick up where he left off in 2020-2021. Julian Mongillo

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