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The kid is a fighter and he's so quick laterally that in close  he is very difficult to beat. Still, he has long ways to go and plenty to improve on before he is ready to fight for an NHL job. He has to overcome his smaller frame, especially now with the more compact goalie equipment, it's going to be an even bigger challenge for this kid. Just have to stay patient and let him develop and improve at his own pace. 



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23 hours ago, cyoung said:

He really needs to focus on calming down. He's so sporadic and tends to make it harder than it has to be. So much talent and battle in his game though. 

Probably feels like he has to do more than he needs to because of his size. Not tall like others that can just be in more places cause of their height/weight. Goalies take time though, so he'll iron out his game in due time.

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CHL Goaltender of the Week - Michael DiPietro:

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week following opening week action ending September 24 with a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966.


DiPietro turned aside 86 shots last week for the defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires who begin the 2017-18 campaign the way 2016-17 ended with victories on home ice.  In Thursday night’s home opener he made 26 saves as part of a 3-1 victory over the Saginaw Spirit, then earned first star honours in Friday’s 5-2 road win over the London Knights stopping 30 shots.  The top goaltender in May’s national championship then became the first OHL netminder to record a shutout this season with a 30-save performance on Sunday blanking the Guelph Storm by a 4-0 score while earning first star honours.  The shutout was the ninth of his career which builds on the franchise mark he established last season.


An 18-year-old from Amherstburg, Ont., DiPietro is playing in his third OHL season with the Spitfires who chose him in the second round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  In 51 regular season appearances a year ago he posted a 30-12-4-2 record with a team record six shutouts along with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage.  DiPietro was a third round pick of the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft.


Also considered for the award this week was Griffen Outhouse of the Victoria Royals who stopped 77 shots across two games posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.07 and save percentage of .975.  In the QMJHL, Antoine Samuel of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar made 68 saves in two contests posting a 1-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.51 and save percentage of .958.


2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)


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