Weight: 182 pounds
Date of birth: September 23, 1998
Hometown: Brigden, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 13, 241st overall, 2014 Priority Selection by Sarnia Sting
Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Kaden Fulcher played his 16 year old year with The Hill Academy Under-16 Prep. The Academy is an independent high school dedicated to student-athletes and is an excellent program. You can read more about the Academy here.
The Sarnia Sting selected Fulcher at the 2014 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection in the 13th round, 241st overall. The Bulldogs would acquire Fulcher on January 7, 2016 with an eye to the future as they traded veteran starter to the Sting in exchange.
Last season, Fulcher appeared in 3 games for the Sting prior to the trade that brought him to Hamilton. He would appear in 14 contests with Hamilton and finished the season with a 6-10-1-0 record, 3.89 goals against average and .878 save percentage.
Fulcher would come into this season and earn the starter’s job until the Bulldogs brought in veteran Dawson Carty at the trade deadline. In 42 appearances this season, he posted an 18-17-3-3 record with a 3.27 goals against average, an .891 save percentage and 2 shutouts.
Fulcher has the size NHL scouts covet in a goaltender. He is also quick with excellent reflexes. His post-to-post movement is elite level. Like most goaltenders at this level, continued coaching is required to continue to work on his skill set.
Fulcher has been prone to let in the odd soft goal, but he doesn’t appear to let it faze him. He can make spectacular saves and recovers quickly. His rebound control is just good, but at times he sends the puck right back out to scoring areas. He’s also good at absorbing pucks and holding on to force a faceoff. If you could see behind the mask, you’d see a guy who remains focused no matter what happens.
Fulcher is good at recovering and getting set for second chance opportunities. He’s very good at challenging shooters and gets out to the top of the paint quickly. He tracks the puck well through traffic and makes positional saves look easy.
The key for Fulcher is to put all those things together on a consistent basis, which at times has haunted him this season. Fine tuning his technique and continued coaching on areas he needs to be stronger will certainly help him at the next level. The tools are there and he’s willing to put in the effort required of him.
Windsor Spitfires’ goaltender Michael DiPietro is sure to be the first OHL goaltender taken at the 2017 NHL Draft. Fulcher will be in a dog fight for that second selection.
Fulcher was ranked 12th among North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.
Fulcher has been a regular on the OHL Janes saves of the week
This is the profile page of Kaden Fulcher at Elite Prospects