Callum Booth

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-05-21

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (93rd overall), 2015

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Callum Booth played prep school hockey in Massachusetts, handling the bulk of the goaltending for Elite 8 champion Salisbury School as a sophomore. In 20 games he had a 2.05 goals against and .924 save percentage. Booth stopped 23 of 24 shots in Salisbury’s 4-1 win over Kent in the Elite 8 championship game. Booth was selected by Quebec in the third round (52nd overall) in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and was selected by Muskegon in the fifth round (63rd overall) in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft. He played for the gold medal-winning White squad at the 2013 Quebec Gold Cup U16 tournament.

2013-14: Booth left Salisbury School to play for the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, appearing in 25 regular season games and one playoff contest as a backup to Ottawa Senators’ prospect Francois Brassard. He played for Canada Quebec in the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Booth was 11-5-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.68 goals against and .914 save percentage in the regular season. The Remparts finished third in the East Division, falling to Rouyn-Noranda in a first round playoff series. Booth was 0-1, allowing 5 goals on 26 shots in his only playoff start. In two games at the WHC for Canada Quebec he had a 5.70 goals against and .864 save percentage.

2014-15: Booth played for Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament before returning to the Remparts for his second season — handling the bulk of the goaltending before Quebec acquired QMJHL veteran Zachary Fucale (Montreal) at the trade deadline. Booth was 23-13-2 with 3 shutouts in 41 games and had a 3.05 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Remparts finished second in the East Division behind Rimouski and reached the QMJHL Finals, falling to the Oceanic. With Fucale seeing the majority of action in the playoffs, Booth was 1-1 with 1 shutout and had a 2.49 goals against and .904 save percentage in four playoff games. The Remparts were the host team at the 2015 Memorial Cup. Booth stopped all 17 shots he faced in 27 minutes of action in relief of Fucale in his only Memorial Cup appearance. Playing for the gold medal-winning Canada squad at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he stopped 12 of 13 shots in a 5-1 win over Slovakia in his only start. Booth played for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked second amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings. he was selected by Carolina in the fourth round (93rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Booth is your protypical 21st century goalie: big, fast and athletic. So it’s fitting that he was talked into going the major junior route instead of college by the poster child for today’s school of goaltending, former Remparts coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. Booth has shown he is capable of handling a starter’s workload, but he needs to polish parts of his game (rebound control and puckhandling are most noticeable) to improve.

Future

Booth will be the man in the Remparts net this year after turning over the job to trade acquisition Zach Fucale in the middle of last season. He also has an outside shot of making Canada’s World Junior entry, though he was not among the goalies invited to his home country’s development camp this offseason. Booth needs to — and should — see plenty of action before turning pro down the road.

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