Jake McGrath – Sudbury Wolves – Player Profile

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 158 pounds

Date of birth: January 7, 1999

Hometown: Mississauga Ontario

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

OHL Draft: Round 8, 142nd overall, 2015 Priority Selection

Ranked 23rd among North American goaltenders on the National Hockey League Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January, Sudbury Wolves’ goaltender Jake McGrath came in at number 19 on their final rankings this month.

Jake McGrath of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jake McGrath of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

McGrath played his minor midget AAA hockey for the Toronto Marlboros during the 2014-2015 season where he posted a 1.34 goals against average in 37 games and leading the way to a GTMMHL championship. He also led the way for the Marlboros in capturing the OHL Cup with a 1.43 goals against average in 4 games. However, the championships didn’t end there as Team GTHL Blue won the OHL Gold Cup Championship where McGrath posted a 2.33 goals against average in 3 games.

The Wolves would select McGrath 142nd overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection. Despite an impressive camp with the Wolves, he was assigned to the St Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He appeared in 30 games for the Buzzers and posted a goals against average of 3.37 and a save percentage of .908. He would be named to the OJHL Second Team All-Prospects.

McGrath was invited to participate in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp as an Under-17. He also took part in Hockey Canada’s Development camp for the World Hockey Challenge Under-17. He played in 3 games for Canada Black and posted a 4.36 goals against average and .851 save percentage.

McGrath finished this season with the Wolves appearing in 45 games with a 17-18-6 record, 3.77 goals against average and an .896 save percentage. He went 2-4 in 6 playoff games as the Wolves were eliminated by the Oshawa Generals. He posted a 3.00 goals against average and .902 save percentage.

McGrath is currently with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships Under-18.

What McGrath doesn’t have is the big size NHL scouts seem to covet with goaltenders and he is one of the smaller goaltenders in his draft class. But what he does “lack in size”, he makes up with other assets. Don’t misinterpret that, there are holes in his game but nothing that can’t be correct with further coaching and development.

Finding consistency in his game is at the top of that list – from game to game or shot to shot. He can go from being spectacular to average from game-to-game, but it’s something that I think he can improve on in time. But you should be impressed by his ability to have a bounce back game following a sub-par performance. It’s a strength he possesses.

McGrath does well at making the first save, challenging the shooter and remaining square and tall, but he needs to improve on his second-chance opportunities and chances in close. His puck handling skills also continue to be a work in progress and should improve in that department as he gains more experience.

McGrath certainly has the tools to be a solid goaltender. Now, it’s up to NHL scouts to determine whether the few issues he has are correctable. I wouldn’t bet against him and he could certainly end up being a good value pick for whoever chooses him in June.

Jacob McGrath

Stat page of Jacob McGrath at Elite Prospects

 

Chiefs’ Anderson-Dolan to Captain Canada at World Under-18 Hockey Championship

Hockey Canada

POPRAD, Slovakia – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) will wear the ‘C’ on his Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23.

Anderson-Dolan will be assisted by Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres).

“We are very excited about our leadership group,” said Darren Rumble (Moncton Wildcats), head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team. “Jaret, Max and Stelio have shown great leadership right from day one. They are excellent competitors on the ice, and super people off the ice.”

Twenty players have been registered to play for Canada when the puck drops on the team’s opening game against Latvia on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hockey Canada can add up to three more players to its roster before the playoff round begins on April 20.

“It’s a huge honour; if you look at some of the guys who’ve worn the ‘C’ for Team Canada before, there’s some big names out there,” said Anderson-Dolan about Wednesday’s news. “It’s just an honour to be recognized on this team as one of its leaders. I’m going to do everything I can to represent Canada as best I can and to help us win a gold medal.”

TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).

19 CHL PLAYERS ON CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM:

Goaltenders:
Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jake McGrath (Sudbury Wolves)
Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)

Defencemen:
Josh Brook (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Forwards:
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm)
Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Pre-Tournament Recap:

Game 1: Canada overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit, but ultimately lost its first pre-tournament game by one goal, with Russia besting them 5-4 on Sunday.

  • Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) racked up one goal and one assist each, while Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) was between the pipes and made 20 saves.
  • Game Summary

Game 2Canada edged Switzerland 5-4 on Monday to close out its pre-tournament action ahead of the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

  • Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) recorded a hat-trick in the come-from-behind win, with Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) scoring two for the red-and-white.
  • Jacob McGrath (Sudbury Wolves) made 19 saves for Canada.
  • Game Summary

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Canada completes pre-tournament roster with 11 player-additions

Hockey Canada

ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Hockey Canada has announced the addition of 11 players to its pre-tournament roster for the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, beginning later this month.

Joining the early roster announced on April 4 are goaltenders Alexis Gravel (Asbestos, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) and Jacob McGrath (Mississauga, Ont./Sudbury, OHL); defencemen Josh Brook (Roblin, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL), Jocktan Chainey (Asbestos, Que./Halifax, QMJHL), Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Jett Woo (Winnipeg/Moose Jaw, WHL); and forwards MacKenzie Entwistle (Georgetown, Ont./Hamilton, OHL), Liam Hawel (Arnprior, Ont./Guelph, OHL), Kyle Olson (Calgary/Tri-City, WHL), Nate Schnarr (Waterloo, Ont./Guelph, OHL), and Matthew Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Hamilton, OHL).

Gravel, Woo, and McIsaac join the six previously-announced under-aged players who are using the pre-tournament camp and games as an opportunity to further develop and gain international experience. Hockey Canada will still have an opportunity to add players to the roster as teams are eliminated in Canadian Hockey League (CHL) playoffs.

The team departs today for Slovakia to continue its training camp and play two pre-tournament games – April 9 in Bratislava versus Russia; and April 10 in Piestany versus Switzerland.

Canada opens the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship on April 13 against Latvia; it will also play Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland in preliminary-round action. TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.