With all the goalie trade rumors that are circulating, I thought it might be the right time to look at one of the Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie prospects in Daniel Altshuller, who is having a great season in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals.
The Hurricanes drafted Altshuller in the third-round of the 2012 Draft after he completed an 11-16-3 record with the Generals. The team also used a sixth-round pick in that draft on goalie Collin Olson, who was committed to Ohio State.
The 2012-13 season went much better for Altshuller as he earned 36 wins and dropped his Goals Against Average (GAA) by nearly a whole goal. His save percentage also slightly improved.
But this season has been his best. The 19-year-old has played 29 games, earning 20 wins, which is tied for the league-lead in wins with Philadelphia Flyers‘ prospect and possible U.S. starter at the WJC, Anthony Stolarz.
Altshuller is also sporting a 2.48 GAA and a .920 save percentage, both ranked near the top of the league.
Altshuller’s play has helped propel the Generals to the top of the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league. With players like Scott Laughton, Michael Dal Colle and Altshuller in net, the Generals could make a push for the OHL Championship and a berth into the Memorial Cup Tournament.
The 6-foot-3 goalie is starting to look like the future in net for the Canes. Cam Ward is 30-years-old and could be a trade chip in the future for the team, while Olson left Ohio State this season to play in the USHL and has brought question marks about his future.
Altshuller is not signed to an entry level contract yet, but can be signed at any point. With Mike Murphy and John Muse on one-year contracts in the AHL, Altshuller may get a shot at the starting role for the Checkers next season, but it will take some time until he’s ready for the starting role with the Hurricanes should he progress like he has recently.
It may not be in the near future, but Daniel Altshuller looks like a candidate to take over the Hurricanes’ reigns in net sometime down the road.