With the 148th overall pick of the NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators selected Ethan Haider, and he has already been turning heads.
Haider was already turning heads during the Nashville Predators development camp this past week, making huge saves in the Future Stars Game, but who exactly is this 17 year old kid that the Preds drafted in the 5th round? We’ll tell you.
Ethan Haider hails from Maple Grove, Minnesota and stands at 6’2, 207 lbs. He last played for the Minnesota Magicians of the NAHL and is set to play for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL next season. He is also committed to play for Clarkson University in the 2020-21 season.
Haider had a solid season for the Magicians last year, posting a record of 19-13-2 with a SV% of .926 and a GAA of 2.35 in 37 starts. He was also named the NAHL Midwest Goaltender of the Year a member of the NAHL All-Midwest Division Rookie Team, All Midwest Division Team and the NAHL All-Rookie First Team.
The youngster still has a lot of hockey left to play before he joins the Nashville Predators and has a fairly small sample size, but he seems to be a real diamond in the rough.
Although there hasn’t been much tape for me to watch on Haider, he has a very decent size, has a very active glove with good positioning and a great mental game.
We wont see Haider in the NHL for quite a while, but Nashville Predators fans should be excited for what’s to come as we watch Ethan Haider develop in the next few years.
If he plays like he has in the past, and in the Predators Future Stars Game, he could possibly follow Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros as the next great Nashville Predators goaltender. After all, David Poile does have a very good track record with goaltenders.