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2013 NHL TOP PROSPECT PROFILE: ERIC COMRIE

Jun 14, 2013 - 07:07 PDT

Calgary, AB –Leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, on June 30, WHL.ca and WHL Web TV, will highlight WHL players who are highly ranked by NHL Central Scouting leading up to draft day.  Thursday’s featured WHL player is Tri-City Americans’ goaltender Eric Comrie.

Eric Comrie – Tri-City Americans
Goalie

Hometown:  Newport Beach, CA
D.O.B:  July 6, 1995
Ht: 6' 1
Wt: 170
NHL C.S.S. Final Ranking: 2nd among North American goaltenders

Eric Comrie just finished his second full season in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans.  The 18-year-old Californian appeared in 37 games for the Ams during the 2012-13 season, posting a 20 wins, a 2.62 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage before having his season cut short in January due to an injury.  Comrie’s .915 save percentage placed him seventh among all WHL netminders in that category.  The younger half-brother of former Kootenay Ice star and NHL veteran Mike Comrie, Eric also posted a pair of shutouts during his shortened season.

The Tri-City Americans organization has produced several top netminders over its history including Montreal Canadiens’ star Carey Price, former NHL netminder Olaf Kolzig, and two-time WHL Goaltender of the Year Chet Pickard.  Comrie is next in the line of great goaltenders to come through the organization. 

An athletic, agile and aggressive goaltender, Comrie has plenty of tools that make him effective in the Ams’ cage.  He boasts quick reflexes that help him react to plays effectively, he’s very good positionally, and he possesses great vision to read and anticipate plays.  His biggest assets lie in his character, though, with maturity beyond his years, and a level of compete that drives him to perform to the best of his abilities night after night.

“He’s mature, dedicated and competitive…a total team player,” said Americans’ general manager Bob Tory.  “His preparation, athleticism, and his off-ice work both on video and just focusing on preparation are definitely some of Eric’s strengths.  His competitive instincts are superb.”

Much like Cary Price, one of his role models as a goaltender, Comrie prides himself on keeping calm and cool under pressure.  He doesn’t allow his emotions to take over, and he never allows himself to get too high or too low.  Having seen the likes of Price, Pickard and Dan Blackburn from his days with the Kootenay Ice, Tory sees definite similarities in Comrie, in terms of his potential.

“He’s got many of the attributes that those guys had…certainly in the maturity level and the poise in the net,” said Tory.  “He’s got very similar traits as far as his desire to get better on a daily basis, studying the game and studying the other teams...they are all true students of the game.

“Another thing they all have in common is they are very humble people, and that’s a big part of why they are who they are,” he said.

The Ams’ first-round pick, 13th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Comrie has international experience under his belt, having played for Canada’s Under-18 team at the 2012 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament, winning Gold, and also suiting up for Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.  Comrie represented Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, leading the team to a Bronze medal.  The 6’1”, 170-lb netminder played for Team WHL at the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series, and was selected to participate in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game, but could not take part due to injury.

Did you know…Comrie got his goaltending start by being the practice goaltender for his older brothers, Mike and Paul...He has dual Canadian/American citizenship, having lived in Edmonton, AB, until moving to California at the age of nine…Comrie starred for the Los Angeles Selects Under-16 team, backstopping them to the semi-final of the National tournament.

WHL STATISTICS

Season

Team

GP

GA

Mins

Saves

GAA

SV%

W

L

OTL

SOL

T

SO

2012-13

Tri-City Americans

37

95

2178

1023

2.62

0.915

20

14

1

2

0

2

2011-12

Tri-City Americans

31

74

1663

666

2.67

0.900

19

6

1

1

0

3

                           

Playoffs

Team

GP

GA

Mins

Saves

GAA

SV%

W

L

OTL

SOL

T

SO

2011

Tri-City Americans

1

1

20

13

3.00

0.929

0

0

0

0

0

0

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