Chris Driedger
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Chris Driedger

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-05-18

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (76th overall), 2012

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Drafted by the Tri-City Americans in the fourth round (80th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Chris Driedger skated for the Winnipeg Monarchs in the Winnipeg City midget AAA league and was selected to Team Manitoba in the 2009 U16 Western Canada Challenge Cup. In twelve games for the Monarchs he had a 1.75 goals against average. Driedger spent some time with Tri-City during the year but did not see any game action.

2010-11: Driedger appeared in 22 games for Tri-City in his first WHL season and played for Canada West in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Backing up Americans' starter Drew Owsley, Driedger saw the bulk of the action in February, when he played in eleven games and was 4-5 with one of the losses coming in a shootout. For the season, he was 6-7 with a 3.50 goals against and .811 save percentage. Tri-City finished third in the U.S. Division and reached the second round of the playoffs but Driedger did not play in any playoff games. He was 1-3 with a 3.26 goals against and .880 save percentage in four games for Canada West, which won a bronze medal at the WHC.

2011-12: Acquired by the Calgary Hitmen in a July 2011 trade, Driedger steadily saw increased time for the Hitmen after beginning the season in a three-man rotation. Appearing in 45 games he finished with a 24-15 record with three shutouts and had a 2.80 goals against and .896 save percentage. Calgary finished second behind WHL champion Edmonton in the Central Division. In the first round playoff series with the Brandon Wheat Kings, 19-year-old Brandon Glover saw the bulk of the action and in two playoff games Driedger was 0-2 with a 6.59 goals against and .813 save percentage. Ranked 13th amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Ottawa in the third round (76th overall).

2012-13: Driedger took over as the clear number one starter for Calgary in his second season with the Hitmen and was one of the WHL's top goalies. He appeared in 54 of 72 games in the regular season and was 36-14-4 with 2 shutouts, posting a 2.51 goals against and .915 save percentage. Calgary finished second in the Central Division and faced first-place Edmonton in the Eastern Conference Finals. Driedger was 11-6 in 17 playoff games and had 1 shutout with a 2.39 goals against and .931 save percentage.

 

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