Cal Heeter
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Cal Heeter

Hometown:

St. Louis Missouri

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-11-02

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Cal Heeter appeared in five games for Ohio State as a freshman, posting a 2-1-0 record.

2009-10: Heeter appeared in 17 games as a sophomore, posting a 9-6-2 record that included one shutout. Earned his first collegiate shutout on Oct. 16, 2009 versus Denver. Registered his first career assist on January 8, 2010 versus Bowling Green.

2010-11: Heeter appeared in all 37 games for the Buckeyes as a junior, posting a 13-11-5 record that included two shutouts and was one of the busiest goaltenders in the nation. He finished the season ranked seventh in minutes played (2191:54). He led the CCHA during the regular season with 1,009 saves. His 1,009 saves and 2.30 goals against average both rank sixth all time among all Ohio State goaltenders in a single season. He was named the CCHA’s Goaltender of the Week three times (October 11, 2010; January 10, 2011 and February 21, 2011). Was named the Buckeyes Most Valuable Player.

2011-12: Heeter appeared in 32 games as a senior, posting an 11-2-1 record that included two shutouts. He was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week twice (November 1 and December 5, 2011). Heeter finished his collegiate career as one of the program’s top all-time goaltenders. His 2.58 career goals against average and .915 save percentage both rank third all time. His 5260:59 career minutes played ranks sixth all time. His 39 career wins ranks eighth all time.

2012-13: Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Philadelphia in March 2012, Heeter split his first pro season between the Flyers' AHL affiliate in Adirondack and the ECHL's Trenton Titans. Sharing time with veterans Brian Boucher and Scott Munroe with the Phantoms, he played in 32 games and was 12-16-3 with a 2.92 goals against and .908 save percentage. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Heeter played eight games for the Titans – splitting time with Devils prospect Scott Wedgewood – and was 3-3 with a 3.18 goals against and .900 save percentage.

 

Talent Analysis

Heeter is possesses a nice combination of size and great athleticism. He moves remarkably well and has great reflexes for such a big goaltender. He has also demonstrated the ability to recover well also. The one area Heeter will need to continue to improve to be successful at the pro level is being more consistent in holding his ground. While he will aggressively challenge shooters, he tends to commit too early at times, taking himself out of position to make the best possible saves.

The young goalie has demonstrated throughout his collegiate career that he can make key saves at crucial times and gives his team an opportunity to win each night. He provided a stabilizing presence and some great leadership on a very young Ohio State team this season. He is a confident, focused goaltender that plays well under pressure. This season, Heeter was one of the nation’s busiest goaltenders, seeing an average of roughly 32 shots per game.

Heeter is an adept puck-handler and can moves the puck quite well. His rebound control has steadily improved over the course of his collegiate career. He plays well down low and is good on his angles. He also possesses a good glove.

 

Future

Heeter will play for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL in 2013-14.

 

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