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2012 NHL DRAFT: One-game Scouting Report for Michael Houser

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Michael Houser was the 19th-ranked goalie in North America on Central Scouting's mid-term rankings. Houser is a 6'2", 182 lbs left-handed shooting goalie. Currently playing for the powerhouse London Knights, Houser tied the OHL single-season record for wins this season, and had the league's third and fourth best goals against average and save percentage, respectively.
This one-game scouting report is from the London Knight's 3-2 win over the Sarnia Sting on March 16th, 2012.
Our scouting reports for goalies focus on their ability to make saves, make big saves, control rebounds, and maintain good balance.  The results of  these attributes are added together to produce the goaltender's rating. The highest possible rating is 4.00, while the lowest possible rating is 0.00. The higher the value the better a goalie has played.
The first number involved in the calculation is the percentage of saves a goalie makes without giving up a rebound. For example, if a goalie makes 10 saves and gives up only 1 rebound his "no rebound percentage" is .900. Again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.
The next number in the calculation is the percentage of safe rebounds a goalie gives up for each rebound allowed. Rebounds deflected outside of the main slot are considered safe. As such, a safe rebound is defined as a rebound outside of an imaginary line drawn from each goalpost to the corresponding board-side hash mark. As an example of this calculation, if a goalie gives up 10 rebounds and deflects 9 of those pucks outside the slot, his "safe rebound percentage" is .900. Again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.
The next number is the percentage of saves that would be considered "big saves". A big save is defined as any save made on a play that would be considered a traditional scoring chance. As an example of this calculation, if a goalie makes 5 big saves on 20 shots his "big save percentage" would be .250. Once again, the higher the number, the better a goalie performs.
We also track how a goalie controls the puck. We do this by tracking his successful or unsuccessful pass-attempts, as well as his successful or unsuccessful attempts to dump the puck out of his zone. The resulting numbers are used to produce a ratio of successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play.
Michael Houser
SHORT HANDED GOALTENDING RATING
Short-handed ratings track only those plays that occur when the goaltender's team is playing short-handed. Houser produced a short-handed rating of 1.49. He stopped all 7 shots he faced, for a save percentage of 100 (1.000), and allowed 5 rebounds on those 11 shots for a no rebound percentage of 29% (.286). One of his 5 rebounds ended up outside of the slot, for a safe rebound percentage of only 20% (.200). None of his saves were considered opposition scoring chances, so his big save percentage was 0.


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O REBOUND %0.286O REBOUND %

SAFE REBOUND %0.200SAFE REBOUND %

BIG SAVE%0.000BIG SAVE%

SAVE %1.000SAVE %


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SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS0SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS

UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS0UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS

PUCK PLAYS RATION/APUCK PLAYS RATIO


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GOALTENDER RATING1.49GOALTENDER RATING


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OVERALL GOALTENDING RATING
Overall goaltending rating takes into account those plays that occur short-handed, on the powerplay and at even-strength. Houser produced an overall rating of 1.66. He stopped 28 of 30 stops for a save percentage of 93% (.933). He allowed 19 rebounds on those 28 saves for a no rebound percentage of 32% (.321), while 7 of his 19 rebounds ended up outside of the slot; for a safe rebound percentage of 37% (.368). Only 1 of his 28 saves could be considered scoring chances. As such, his big save percentage was a low 4% (0.036).


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NO REBOUND %0.321NO REBOUND %

SAFE REBOUND %0.368SAFE REBOUND %

BIG SAVE%0.036BIG SAVE%

SAVE %0.933SAVE %


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SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS4SUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS

UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS1UNSUCCESSFUL PUCK PLAYS

PUCK PLAYS RATIO4.00PUCK PLAYS RATIO


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GOALTENDER RATING1.66GOALTENDER RATING


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For comparison sake, Houser's no rebound percentage was actually higher than fellow 2012 prospect Malcolm Subban. That said, Subban's safe rebound percentage was substantially higher; meaning Subban controlled the placement of his rebounds better than Houser.
Keep in mind this is a one-game scouting report. As such, it is simply a reflection of Houser's play during this one game, and does not reflect his long-term development.

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