Daniel Altshuller
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Daniel Altshuller

Hometown:

Nepean Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-07-24

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (69th overall), 2012

Weight:

191 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Daniel Altshuller split the goaltending duties for the Ottawa 67s midget minor team with Gian Marco Demeis. He was 12-0-2 with four shutouts and had a 1.71 goals against in 16 games. Ottawa finished second to the Ottawa Valley Titans in the regular season. In seven playoff games he was 3-2 with a 4.34 goals against. Altshuller was a third round selection (45th overall) of the Belleville Bulls in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Altshuller played 43 games for the Nepean Raiders in the Junior A Central Canada Hockey League in Ontario. He finished with a record of 19-13-10 and a 3.22 goals against and .906 save percentage. Nepean finished fourth in the CCHL’s Yzerman Division. Altshuller played all seven games in Nepean’s playoff series with Brockville and was 3-4 with a 3.73 goals against and .911 save percentage.

2011-12: Oshawa obtained the OHL rights to Altshuller from Belleville in August and he played 30 games for the Generals in his first OHL season. Splitting time with 20-year-old Kevin Bailie, he was 11-19  and had a 3.55 goals against and .900 save percentage. Oshawa finished third in the East Division and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Altshuller appeared in five of six games during the Generals playoff series with Niagara, starting four of them, and was 2-2 with a 3.87 goals against and .918 save percentage. Altshuller was ranked 12th amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft and was selected by Carolina in the third round (69th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Altshuller took over as the full-time starter for Oshawa in his second season with the Generals. He appeared in 58 games and was 36-18-2 with 3 shutouts; posting a 2.62 goals against and .909 save percentage. Oshawa finished second in the East Division and advanced to the second round in the OHL playoffs. Altshuller was 4-5 in the playoffs with a 3.00 goals against and .897 save percentage.

2013-14: Altshuller was one of the top goalies in the OHL in his third season with Oshawa. In 52 games he was 31-13-3 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.56 goals against and .917 save percentage. In December 2013 he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Hurricanes. Oshawa finished first in the East Division and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals against North Bay. Altshuller played in 12 playoff games and was 8-3 with 3 shutouts, posting a 1.89 goals against and .931 save percentage. 

2014-15: Altshuller attended training camp with the Hurricanes before being assigned to AHL affiliate Charlotte to start the 2014-15 season; ultimately making his pro debut with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. One of six goalies to play for the Everblades, he was 8-3-1 and had a 3.21 goals against and .881 save percentage in 14 regular season games. Altshuller stepped in for veteran Allen York in the playoffs after York suffered a neck injury. In six games he was 2-3 with a 3.34 goals against and .881 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Altshuller has all the tools to be a dominant butterfly goalie: size, athleticism and a calm consistency. Since turning pro last year, he’s been able to wrestle away significant ice time in net. He is capable of handling a big workload — he played 140 OHL games during three seasons with Oshawa — but played just 14 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades in 2014-15.

Future

Altshuller enters his second pro season with the Carolina organization in 2015-16 after spending a year in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades. He will battle with veteran Andrew MacIntyre and former Merrimack College goalie Rasmus Tirronen for playing time with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers. MacIntyre played 51 games for the Checkers last season while Tirronen has been impressive in the pre-season so Altshuller may end up in the ECHL where he would see more action. His tools and athleticism suggest he can be an NHL goaltender one day. To reach that level he will need to gain game experience.

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