By Dave Leaderhouse
HUMBOLDT BRONCOS, G
The goaltending responsibilities were left wide open for the Humboldt Broncos following the departure of Garrett Mason and Carter Seminuk following last year and it looks like a 17-year-old homegrown product has taken the reigns and run with them.
In what appears to be a platoon rotation between veteran Sam-Jaxon Visscher and Jacob Wasserman the latter has made the most of his opportunity posting two wins and a narrow one-goal loss to the league-leading Melfort Mustangs in his first three starts in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Wasserman covers plenty of the net and his stats are proof of that as he has moved to near the top of all individual goaltending categories with a 1.96 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
An eighth-round selection of the Vancouver Giants in the 2015 Western Hockey League bantam draft (his rights were recently dealt to the Regina Pats), Wasserman spent last year with the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where he posted a 3.23 GAA and .902 save percentage in 26 games. In the playoffs, however, Wasserman was even better when he had a 1.81 GAA and .947 save percentage in five starts.
Wasserman began his midget career at the Midget AA level when he had a 2.59 GAA in 20 games with the Humboldt Broncos, but interestingly, his numbers have steadily improved at each higher level since he had a 3.52 GAA in 12 games at the bantam level during his draft-eligible year as a 14-year-old.
While Wasserman will continue to mentor under Visscher it appears he has already adjusted nicely to the Junior “A” level and could work his way into an even larger role if his play continues to improve.
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