Zach Fucale

by Jason Banks on March 6, 2018

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Zach Fucale, G

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 176

Born: 1995-5-28

Hometown: Rosemere, QC

Drafted: 2013 by Montreal Canadiens, 36th Overall



Observations: March 2018 - Splitting the season between the AHL and ECHL, Fucale has been recalled by the Canadiens on an emergency basis after Antti Niemi needed a therapy day and will be held out of action against the New Jersey Devils (March 6). Once the first goalie taken in his draft year Fucale has fallen off the map aside from a surprising Spengler Cup performance a year ago. Even though he has yet to play an NHL game and struggles at both minor league levels there is still some degree of hope left due to the dominant junior career he had in the QMJHL and the International level. Fucale will back-up the goalie that first leap-frogged him in the goaltending pecking order in Montreal as Charlie Lindgren will get another start for the all-of-a-sudden very young Habs. It will be interesting to see if Fucale gets his first taste of NHL ice at some point depending on how long Niemi and Price's absences extend. Mike Barrett


January 2017 – On the surface everyone sees the poor numbers beside his name, but his play is not as bad as it shows on paper. The second half of last season in the AHL he made great strides in becoming a reliable option and was fundamentally stronger. He did start this campaign rough and was demoted to the ECHL, but that demotion I feel was more about getting him more regular playing time while allowing Charlie Lindgren the chance to run in the AHL. Fucale is still young at 21-years-old and showed his talent in leading Team Canada to a convincing Spengler Cup victory with very few questionable goals against vs some of the better pro teams around Europe that are well-above his ECHL competition and seeing around 30 shots per game which is considered high in those realms. Looked well positioned and was strong at fighting through traffic. His star is not shining as bright, but he still has the talent to break into the highest level. Jason Banks


March 2015 - After back-to-back seasons of save percentages above .900, Fucale has had a year to forget. Additionally, he has only posted 20 wins this year after three straight 30-plus-win campaigns. The good news is that the Canadiens are sound in goal so there will not be unnecessary pressure on Fucale to be an overnight sensation when he turns pro. Eric Daoust


June 2014 - Fucale won the Jacques Plante trophy for sporting the best GAA in the QMJHL as well as the Paul Dumont trophy as the league's top personality for the 2013-14 campaign. Eric Daoust


January 2014 - Fucale's experience at the World Junior Championships was a mixed bag. He made some incredible saves at key moments but was also beat on shots that he should have saved. With Canada struggling to score goals it needed more from Fucale. The end result was a fourth-place finish. Eric Daoust


December 2013 - Zach Fucale has been named to Team Canada's final roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden and will battle with Red Wings prospect goaltender Jake Paterson for the starting position. Leading up to the tournament, Fucale appeared in the pre-tournament debut game versus the Finns and while he eventually found his comfort zone, he was exposed cheating occasionally. Canada will need both goaltenders to play strong in order to challenge for a gold medal against the Swedes, Americans and Russians. Brendan Ross


September 2013 - Fucale signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Canadiens. Dobber


July 2013 - Fucale was drafted by the Canadiens in the second round (36th overall). From a fantasy perspective, the fact that Carey Price sits at the top of his organization's depth chart means that Fucale will not be rushed to the NHL. He will not be a factor in the NHL for a few years. Eric Daoust


May 2013 - Halifax Mooseheads' netminder Zach Fucale is the newest goaltender to backstop his team to the CHL Memorial Cup Championship after knocking off the talented Portland Winterhawks in the final game. Fucale was named to the tournament All-Star team after finishing the tournament with a leading .902 save percentage in four games. Fucale remains the top ranked goaltender available in the 2013 NHL Draft and should be drafted accordingly in keeper leagues. Brendan Ross


March 2013 - Fucale has been honoured as the QMJHL's Second Star of the Week (ending March 9th) after leading his Halifax Mooseheads to a 2-0-1 record on the week where he posted a 1.82 GAA and .942 save percentage. Brendan Ross


December, 2012 – Fucale is following up his remarkable rookie campaign with another stellar season. He’s a huge reason why the powerful Halifax Mooseheads sit atop the CHL rankings. He is a very calm and controlled goalie who makes a lot of saves look easy. He is again among the top goaltenders in the QMJHL and is considered a favourite as the top ranked goalie heading into the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Derek LeBlanc


Fantasy Outlook: C+


Has number one potential, but the wait will be a long one.




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