Monday, May 31, 2010

The forgotten man

EJHL goalie of the year Brian Billett is just that...the forgotten man.

Not even ranked in the top-30 of North American goalies by Central Scouting, overlooked in many an internet discussion revolving around the top netminders available in the 2010 draft, not a buzzword among NHL scouting staffs.

Nevertheless, the son of a Navy noncommissioned officer who learned to play hockey in the sunbelt before his family settled in Kennebunk, Maine, Billett put up some of the most outstanding numbers ever in the EJHL, and led his team to the league championship, while stopping nearly 95% of all the shots he faced. I don't care what level you're playing at-- with numbers like that, you're doing a heck of a lot right.

My homage to the criminally underrated Billett can be found here. He won't be a top-three round pick in all likelihood, but he deserves to have some team take a chance on him in the mid-to-late rounds. We'll see how it all plays out next month.

I'll continue with my First round draft spotlight profile series tomorrow, June 1st with defenseman Cam Fowler. If you like the feature, then please feel free to spread the word and have your friends and fellow hockey prospect fans come over and check it out.

The other great thing about tomorrow means that as of then, I no longer have to use the words "next" and "month" to describe when the draft is taking place. We'll be 24 days out and wakeup.

Bring it on.

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