Back in the 2013 draft, Canadiens goalie prospect Zach Fucale was the first netminder to go off the board at 36th overall. He was coming off of a stellar season at the junior level, winning 45 of his 53 decisions while his Halifax Mooseheads made it to the Memorial Cup.
However, that has yet to materialize into much in the way of success at the professional level and as a result, Montreal has been trying to trade the 22-year-old in recent weeks, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
After spending 2016-17 primarily at the ECHL level, Fucale landed a backup role in the AHL to start this season but was recently demoted back to the ECHL. In seven games with Laval of the AHL, he has posted a 3.54 GAA and a .879 SV%, numbers that are well below the league average.
Although they’ve yet to find a fit trade-wise, it’s hard to imagine the Canadiens would be placing too high of an asking price on Fucale. He has dropped to fifth on the active depth chart (one that excludes the injured Al Montoya) and based on his struggles, a qualifying offer come June doesn’t seem to be likely at this point. Considering the success he had in junior, it will be interesting to see if another team takes a chance on him with the hopes a change of scenery will kick-start his development.