Troy Timpano – Player Profile – Sudbury Wolves

Height:  6’1”

Weight:  184 pounds

Date of birth: November 13, 1997, Pickering, Ontario

Position:  Goaltender

Catches:  Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 27th overall, 2013 Priority Selection

Timpano played his Minor Midget hockey with the Toronto Titans AAA squad in 2012-2013. He appeared in 41 games and posted 1.85 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. The Sudbury Wolves would make him their second round selection, 27th overall, in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Troy Timpano of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Troy Timpano of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The next season Timpano would make the immediate jump to the OHL. He got his feet wet in Major Junior appearing in 12 games. He posted 3.43 goals against average and .894 save percentage. He also played for Team Ontario at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 and in 4 games posted 2.33 goals against average and .911 save percentage. All in all, it was a very respectable rookie campaign for Timpano.

Last season Timpano became the go to guy in goal in Sudbury. He played in 46 games, finishing with a 4.50 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. Things were looking up for Timpano heading into his draft year in what is a decent crop of OHL goaltenders with Dylan Wells (Peterborough), Tyler Parsons (London), Evan Cormier (Saginaw) and Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste Marie).

Things went south quickly.

Timpano suffered an ankle injury in the summer and it never healed properly. And it showed in his first five games of the season. He was shut down on October 10 and would miss the next two months of the season, making his return on December 6, 2015. He came back physically and mentally prepared, and it showed on the ice.

Since his return, Timpano has an 8-11-0-1 record in 21 appearances. For stat watchers, that appears to be a terrible season. But that is half the Wolves wins 55 games into the season in those 21 appearances. Playing on the Eastern Conference’s last place team and a team that struggles to provide goal support will have a negative impact on any goaltender.

Timpano also sees a lot of rubber, with plenty of scoring opportunities against him. In 13 of his appearances since his return, he’s faced 39 or more shots. He’s won 5 of them with another being a shoot out loss.

On many nights Timpano is hung out to dry. But it doesn’t faze the calm and confident goaltender. He’s very athletic, is sound positionally, squares himself to shooters and is very quick in his crease. He challenges shooters and very rarely over-commits himself. He tracks the puck very well and recovers quickly to make the second save.

Timpano is excellent at handling the puck and seems to do it with confidence. However, at times he overplays it but as he matures and picks his opportunities better, it won’t come back to bite him.

There’s no doubt that two months on the shelf hurt Timpano’s draft ranking, currently 14th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings among North American goaltenders and 5th among his peers in the OHL.  It’ll take a very strong finish for Timpano to move into the top 10 – but he is capable.


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