Weight: 182 pounds
Date of birth: March 27, 1999
Hometown: Milton, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 5, 98th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Barrie Colts netminder Christian Propp played his minor midget AAA hockey for the Halton Hurricanes during the 2014-2015 season in which he posted a very respectable 2.55 goals against average in 36 games. He also represented Team OMHA White at the OHL Gold Cup. The Colts would select Propp in the fifth round of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, 98th overall.
Last season, Propp would play Junior B hockey for the Guelph Hurricanes of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and again posted respectable numbers with a 3.22 goals against average and an .897 save percentage. He would appear in two games for the Colts last season.
Propp, for the most part, split duties this season with David Ovsjannikov, but Ruan Badenhorst (also draft eligible) made a dozen appearances. He would finish the season with a 3.89 goals against average and a .884 save percentage on the League’s last place team.
Coming into the season, the starter’s job belonged to Ovsjannikov, with Propp and Badenhorst fighting for the backup role. But a strong camp and preseason, along with a slow start to the season by Ovsjannikov and an impressive start for Propp, and well, they split the duties.
At 6’2” Propp has decent size – he’s not one of those 6’6” netminders scouts are drooling over these days however. We say this about almost all goaltenders at this level: he’s a raw talent who could work on his technique. He’s an athletic goaltender who moves in his crease very well. His post to post movement is very good and he gets out to the top of the paint quickly, while remaining square to the shooter.
There are times he tracks the puck extremely well and on occasion he loses it, but I put some of that on a young and inexperienced defence in front of him. Learning how to anticipate, read and react, or improve on it should alleviate some of that. His rebound control is good, but when he does lose it, he gets back into position quickly to make the second save.
Two things that have impressed me most when I’ve seen Propp are, 1) his ability to make a huge save at least once a game and 2) he rarely seems to get rattled in goal.
Propp was ranked 25th among North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January, 7th among the nine OHL netminders on the list.
This is the profile page of Christian Propp at Elite Prospects