Raaymakers Nervous But Hopeful
Chatham’s Joseph Raaymakers is anxiously waiting to find out when his name will be called at the NHL entry draft.
The 18-year-old netminder — who suited up for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds in the OHL this past season — held onto 9th place among North American goalies in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings.
“We’re actually going to go to the draft with my family and see it there,” says Raaymakers. “I’m very nervous, probably more nervous than excited.”
Raaymakers has spoken to a number of teams about what he has to offer, but he doesn’t want to tip his hand.
“I don’t know if I should really tell you — I’ve spoken to probably half of the teams,” says Raaymakers. “Obviously you have some teams that are more interested than others.”
Raaymakers split time with New York Rangers prospect Brandon Halverson in Sault Ste. Marie this past season, but he feels like NHL scouts still got a good look at him throughout the season.
“As a goalie, you wish you could play all of the games, but the reality is, that doesn’t happen,” says Raaymakers. “I thought for the amount I played, I felt confident in myself — hopefully it all works out.”
Raaymakers played 28 games with the Greyhounds last season with a 13-10-3-1 record — he also posted a goals against average of 3.61 and a 0.891 save percentage.
This year’s NHL draft is taking place in Buffalo, New York.
The first round starts at 7pm Friday night. Rounds two through seven will start at 10am Saturday.