Jesper Wallstedt and Sebastian Cossa are the definitive top two goalies in the 2021 NHL Draft, according to Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting.
“The two of them are really head and shoulders above the rest of the draft class’ goalies right now,” Jensen said on the “NHL Draft Class” podcast.
Wallstedt (6-foot-3, 214 pounds), No. 1 in Central Scouting’s final ranking of International goalies, was 11-8 with three ties, a 2.23 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and two shutouts in 22 games with Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League. He would be the first Sweden-born goalie to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.
“He’s a high-quality goalie, without a doubt,” Jensen said. “He certainly has NHL qualities in his game at this time to possibly be that type of [franchise] goalie down the road.”
Cossa (6-6, 210) was 17-1-1 with a 1.57 GAA, .941 save percentage and four shutouts in 19 games with Edmonton of the Western Hockey League. He’s No. 1 in Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American goalies.
“There’s a lot that I like about his game moving forward,” Jensen said. “Even in his underage year, you could see that he’s going to be a quality goalie. … He’s got the calmness that you need and the strength and the confidence. For his size he moves extremely well. Gives himself a chance, he battles hard, he never gives up on plays.”
Jensen also discussed some other goalies that have stood out to him, including Benjamin Gaudreau of Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League. Gaudreau didn’t play this season until helping Canada win the 2021 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, and Gaudreau was named the tournament’s best goaltender.
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