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Prospect Update: Angus Redmond
By Thomas Harrington
The Ducks signed Angus Redmond to a three-year entry-level contract last summer. He just finished his first season of professional hockey, playing for two different teams in the ECHL, the Utah Grizzlies, and the Toledo Walleye.
Redmond’s struggled through much of his first pro season. With Utah, Redmond played in 18 games, tied for second among goaltenders on the team, and had a record of 2-8-2-1 with a 4.07 goals against average and a save percentage of .870. He was stuck playing behind Kevin Carr and Joel Rumpel. With Toledo, Redmond only played in three games, but he had a record of 2-1 with a goals against average of 3.17 and a save percentage of .910. Redmond started the season in Utah because it was Anaheim’s ECHL affiliate, and was used sparingly throughout the season. He had poor numbers with the Grizzlies, but it didn’t help that Utah had a bad season, finishing 12th in the Western Conference. In late February, the Ducks decided to reassign Redmond to Toledo to finish off the season. He only played in three games with his new team, but he had two very good games, and one in which he was pulled. Toledo actually finished first in the Western Conference, but lost in six games in the second round. Redmond did not play in any playoff games for the Walleye.
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Given how strong Redmond’s season at Michigan Tech was, it was a surprise to see how poorly his season went in the ECHL. Last summer, I postulated that he could spend time in either the AHL or ECHL, depending on how things shook out in San Diego and Anaheim. Well, he spent time exclusively in the ECHL and didn’t put up great numbers. However, part of that is that he played most of the season behind a bad team in Utah. When he was with a better team, he played better, but in too small a sample size to really show how good or bad he was.
With Anaheim’s affiliation with Utah now a thing a of the past, it remains unclear where Redmond will play this upcoming season. Currently, the Ducks have John Gibson and Ryan Miller manning the pipes in Anaheim. Last season, the Gulls had Reto Berra, Kevin Boyle, and Leland Irving in net. Both Berra and Irving are gone, but the Ducks did sign Jared Coreau to be in San Diego and ready to be recalled to Anaheim when needed. Between Coreau and Boyle, San Diego should be pretty set in net, but if Coreau is recalled to the Ducks, then Redmond could get some playing time in San Diego. However, he’ll likely spend most of the season in the ECHL again; the question is, for which team? Right now, I think Toledo is a likely option, given that he was there at the end of last season, but Anaheim could opt to loan him to another team if they feel it will be better for his development.
My expectations for Redmond won’t be high this season. The main thing is that I’d like to see his numbers improve from last season. His goals against average needs to go down and his save percentage needs to go up. If he can do that, and make his AHL debut at some point this season, I’ll be happy with his development.
Redmond has two years left on his entry-level deal and he’ll be a restricted free agent when it’s over. Given that the Ducks have drafted three goalies in the last two drafts unless Redmond’s numbers significantly improve, I think the Ducks will opt not to re-sign the young goaltender, and instead focus on Olle Eriksson Ek, Lukas Dostal, and Roman Durny. However, goaltenders are far and away the hardest position in hockey to predict, and he could rebound with a strong season in the ECHL and really impress. If he can really improve in the ECHL this season and spend most or all of next season in the AHL, then he could get an extension with the Ducks.
The next prospect update will be on Deven Sideroff.
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July 23rd, 2018