Monday, May 30, 2011

Prospect Feature

Feature Prospect
Justin Paulic
2010 8th Round pick

Justin Paulic hails from Thompson, MB.  He describes himself as a “big” goaltender who plays as large as possible—a description Assistant Director of Hockey Operations/Director of Scouting Rob MacLachlan agrees with.  “Justin is a big mobile goalie—he plays his angles well and gives players nothing to shoot at.”  “Paulic has very fast feet and great pad reaction time,” added MacLachlan.  Justin says he is never afraid to challenge a shooter, “I like to make myself big and play out of the net—I really work my angels.” 

The 5’11” goal tender played last season with the Norman Northstars Midget AAA.  Justin played for Team Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.  Playing 1,208 minutes with a 3.92 goals against average and a .894 save percentage, Paulic is working hard to reach the next level, starting with showing the Warriors coaching staff how he can handle himself between the pipes.  “I am planning to come in June and show that I have confidence and can perform well against some of the top players there.”

Justin’s favourite NHL goalie is Montreal net minder Carey Price, but his desire to be a goaltender evolved during his younger years.  “When I was younger, I never really liked playing hockey out of the net—so I quit for a year but continued playing street hockey with friends.  I always played net and others said I wasn’t too bad.  So, I went back to hockey, but this time as a goaltender,” said Justin. 

Being a goal tender isn’t an easy job but there are those special players out there who make it a career.  Justin is excited at the idea of someday playing in the new arena here in Moose Jaw.  “I’ve seen it from the outside and it looks great; I hear it is a state of the art arena and will be awesome.”

Justin will be taking part in the upcoming June Prospects Camp.  You can see him play in Caronport during the on-ice sessions.  Watch for ice times in the coming days.

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