All Alex Nedeljkovic did this season, on a team with 15 rookies, was post a better save percentage for the Plymouth Whalers than Malcolm Subban did in the OHL two seasons ago when he became a Boston Bruins first-round pick.
While not a direct comparison per se, that might partially illustrate how far Nedeljkovic has come in two seasons as the Whalers' starting goaltender. The 18-year-old from Parma, Ohio managed to have the OHL's second-highest save percentage (.925) while facing the second-most shots (2,207). Nedeljkovic, who was NHL Central Scouting's fifth-ranked North American goaltender at midseason, led the Whalers to their 23rd consecutive playoff berth. Nedeljkovic has shown a prescience for tracking pucks that wasn't obvious two years ago, when Plymouth snapped him up in the seventh round of the priority selection draft.
"I think my big advantage is how well I see the ice," Nedeljkovic said prior to the start of the OHL playoffs. "I can almost see what's going to happen. I think that's one the biggest things you need while playing hockey. It just makes the job easier.
"What I want to work on, is being more aggressive," the 6-foot, 182-pounder added. "I don't like to play three feet outside my crease like some guys do, I like to kind of stay back, stay under control. But at the same time, it's something I need to learn to do."Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers