Weight: 182 pounds
Date of birth: March 17, 1998 Chatham, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 2, 37th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Joseph Raaymakers played his midget hockey for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones where he posted 2.16 goals against average and .936 save percentage. He went on to post spectacular numbers in 11 playoff games finishing with 1.75 goals against average and .947 save percentage. The Greyhounds would select Raaymakers in the second round of the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
Last season, his rookie season in the OHL, Raaymakers appeared in 25 games finishing with a 14-7-0 record with 3.05 goals against average and .898 save percentage. This season, it was hoped that he would get more playing time. Despite number one goaltender Brandon Halverson missing time early in the season with an injury and taking part for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, Raaymakers appeared in just 28 games to date and has a 13-10-3-1 record and 3.61 save percentage and .891 save percentage.
In fairness to Raaymakers, the Greyhounds are not the Juggernaut they were last season.
Raaymakers suffered with consistency issues last season and at times it has carried over to this season. That’s typical when talking about a young goaltender at this level however.
Raaymakers is agile in his crease. He moves extremely well and is quick to move out and cut down angles. He is good at stopping second chances and when he gets better at his rebound control he will negate many of those second chances. He’s also above average with his puck handling skills.
Raaymakers biggest need is to work on his consistency. He’s prone to let in a bad goal but rebounds quickly. Next season he should take over the number one role on what promises to be a strong Greyhounds squad and it will be his time to shine. The problem with that is that this is his draft year.
NHL Central Scouting had Raaymakers ranked as the top goaltender from the Ontario Hockey League on its midterm rankings released in January. With the likes of Tyler Parsons (London Knights), Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes), Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit), Stephen Dhillon (Niagara Ice Dogs) and Troy Timpano (Sudbury Wolves) it promises to be a strong draft class of OHL Goaltenders. However, I’m not sure Raaymakers should top that list.