The St. Johns IceCaps—Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate—announced that they’ve reassigned goalie Zach Fucale to the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Fucale is only 3 years removed from being the top goalie drafted (36th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The demotion is a huge blow for the goaltending prospect and the Canadiens organization. In two games this season, Fucale posted a 3.56GAA and a .887 SV%. Last season he fared a little better, posting a 3.13 GAA and a .903 SV% in the AHL and was even called up to warm the bench while Carey Price recovered from injury.
It wasn’t long ago that Fucale was highly touted by scouts. In 2014-15 he led Team Canada to a gold medal in the World Junior Championships with an unreal 1.20 GAA and .949 SV%. Fucale suffered since then, and could not perform at the same high level he showcased in Junior. The Canadian goalie will be replaced by Yann Danis and Charlie Lindgren, but neither provide much security if Carey Price goes down with another injury.