Weight: 205 pounds
Date of birth: November 6, 1997. Bowmanville, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 5, 85th overall, 2013 Priority Selection (North Bay Battalion)
For the first time in recent years, we may have a battle for the top goaltender to come out of the Ontario Hockey League at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. Since there are a couple of Canadian goaltenders in the battle, can we finally ask the question: Is the Canadian Hockey League ban on drafting European goaltenders in the Import Draft paying off? That answer is yet to come.
Evan Cormier played Minor Midget hockey for the Clarington Toros where he posted 2.40 goals against average and .899 save percentage during the 2012-2013 season. That led to the North Bay Battalion choosing him in the 5th round of the 2013 Priority Selection.
Cormier moved on to the North Bay Trappers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the 2013-2014 season. He appeared in 34 games and finished with 3.60 goals against average and .911 save percentage. Cormier got a brief 3 game stint with the Battalion that season with all three of his appearances coming in relief. He posted 0.72 goals against average and .967 save percentage. He stayed with the team through the playoffs but did not make an appearance.
Cormier began last season with the Battalion, but 8 games into the campaign he was traded to the Spirit along with 4 draft picks and 2 conditional picks for Nick Moutrey. He immediately became the team’s number one goaltender and started all 4 of the Spirits playoff games.
In April, Cormier represented Canada at the WJC Under18 where he started in two games. He came in for relief of Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw –WHL) in a third game against the United States. A 7-2 American win put Canada in the bronze medal game against Switzerland – a game they won.
At 6’3”, Cormier has good size. His post to post movement is above average. While he’s prone to giving up rebounds, he’s able to control them and direct them out of harm’s way. He challenges shooters very well, finds pucks through traffic and is strong in tight. Cormier is very good in shootouts and one on one. He has an excellent glove hand and very quick reflexes. He plays calm and cool in his net, and while he can let in a bad goal once in a while he rebounds well and doesn’t allow it to faze him. The problem is, those bad goals are coming to frequently right now.
Finding his consistency is Cormier’s challenge. He has the right frame of mind, the attitude and the willingness to work at improving and you could never fault him for having a bad work ethic.
Cormier made NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch as a B prospect – a second or third round pick.