No. 2 – Matthew Thiessen (G) (Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL)
Matthew Thiessen had another great week with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. In a pair of games, Thiessen won both of them, making a total of 56 saves on 61 shots. Unfortunately, the USHL doesn’t tract advanced goaltending data, but his .904 save percentage ranks 12th in the USHL (yeah, USHL games tend to be higher scoring).
Thiessen is interesting to me since he plays a much more composed game than say Michael DiPietro. The latter is much more athletic and can bring a lot of flash to the position, while the former is more reserved.
Corey Pronman of The Athletic featured Thiessen in his Around the Farms series. Based on his comments (behind a paywall), Thiessen is not particularly flashy and plays a rather conservative style. The occasional bad goal slips past him, but Pronman really likes his hockey IQ and positioning. The last pair of drafts have placed a great deal of emphasis on skill and hockey IQ (for the most part), which is promising in many of these starts.