The Devils Draft Prospect Series continues today but be sure to check out the previous posts on Jesper Boqvist, Fabian Zetterlund, Reilly Walsh, and Nikita A. Popugayev! And be sure to look into the “Draft Prospect Series” tag before the beginning of development camp for the rest of them!
Today, we turn our focus to the lone goaltender selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Entry-Level Draft, Gilles Senn. Unlike the rest of the draft prospects selected by the Devils, Senn is actually 21; his birthday was in March. The Swiss goaltender is 6′ 5″ and 192 lbs (a decent size for a goaltender). He was drafted 129th overall by the Devils in the fifth round and was the second Swiss player to be taken by the team.
It’s hard to critique/analyze goaltenders the way you can with forwards and defensemen. You can look at goals against average and save percentage and shots against and shutouts, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, but none of those really matter at a young age. Goaltenders grow with development. They learn. It’s slightly different for skaters.
But since we’re here, here are some of his stats over the years:
His numbers haven’t been over-the-top impressive. He had a decent 2016-17 campaign with HC Davos (NLA) last year, a significant improvement from the season prior, and he’s set to play for them again in the fall. He posted a 2.64 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 34 games played during 2016-17, but a 3.84 GAA and an .882 save percentage the year before. In the playoffs last year, he posted a 2.72 GAA and an .897 save percentage in 10 games played.
Here are some of his other stats, courtesy of the official HC Davos website:
It’s hard to judge a player, specifically a netminder, based on his stats. He could start playing in the North American system and completely blow everyone else out of the water. I would have said that I’d love for him to join the Binghamton Devils, New Jersey’s AHL affiliate, but there’s no room for him now. With Keith Kinkaid resigning, Scott Wedgewood and MacKenzie Blackwood will definitely be in Binghamton, as (probably) will Ken Appleby. You also have Evan Cormier in the OHL. And unless Wedgewood gets traded, there’s no room for Senn at the moment but there could be down the road.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many highlights for him on YouTube, which means that I’ll just have to try and find streams of games come August/September. But here’s a profile from Hockey’s Future if you’re interested for some more information!
All-in-all, I like him and he could be a solid goaltending prospect; I’m excited to watch him play in the future.