Eric Comrie
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Eric Comrie

Hometown:

Newport Beach California

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-07-06

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2013

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (59th overall), 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Eric Comrie, a dual citizen who grew up in Edmonton and California, played in the Los Angeles Selects program. He was selected by the Tri-City Americans in the first round (13th overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Comrie shared the goaltending duties for the Los Angeles Selects U16 team with David Jacobson and was outstanding at the USA Hockey U16 Nationals. In 19 regular season games he had a 1.34 goals against and .940 save percentage. The Selects reached the semifinals in the national tournament and Comrie was 3-1 in pool play with a 1.41 goals against and .929 save percentage.He stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 1-0 loss to Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the semifinal game. Comrie played for Team Alberta in the Canada Winter Games and in five games had a 2.40 goals against and .927 save percentage.

2011-12: Comrie appeared in 31 games for the Tri-City Americans, splitting time with 19-year-old Ty Rimmer in his first WHL season, and represented Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Comrie was 19-6-2 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.67 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Americans finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the West Conference finals but Comrie did not see any playoff action. Sharing the goaltending for Canada Pacific with the Edmonton Oil Kings’ Tristan Jarry, Comrie was 2-1 in three games and had a 3.03 goals against and .889 save percentage.

2012-13: Comrie opened the season winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and was having another strong season for Tri-City before suffering a hip injury. The nagging injury kept him out of the NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game and eventually required season-ending surgery in February. Comrie played in 37 games for the Americans, posting a 2.62 goals against and .915 save percentage, and was 20-14-3 with 2 shutouts. Comrie recorded 21 saves for Canada in a 3-2 win over Slovakia at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He was the second ranked North American goalie in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Winnipeg in the second round (59th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Comrie attended camp with the Jets before returning to Tri-City for his third season of junior hockey and made his pro hockey debut with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in April 2014. He started two games for the IceCaps and was 0-2 with a 6.35 goals against and .829 save percentage. Comrie was with St. John’s during the team’s run to the Calder Cup finals but did not see any action. He appeared in 60 WHL regular season games with the Americans, third-most behind Patrik Bartosak (65, Red Deer) and Tristan Jarry (63, Edmonton). Comrie was 26-25-9 with four shutouts and had a 2.57 goals against and .925 save percentage. Tri-City reached the playoffs despite finishing last in the U.S. Division; falling to Kelowna in a first-round series. Comrie started all five playoff games and was 1-4 with a 3.46 goals against and .917 save percentage. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Winnipeg in December 2013.

Talent Analysis

Comrie is a durable goalie with the size and athleticism of a prototypical NHL goaltender. A workhorse for the WHL's Tri-City Americans, he has also played for Canada at the international level. Among the top goaltenders in his age group.

Future

Fully recovered from hip surgery two years ago, Comrie is once again seeing the bulk of the action for the Tri-City Americans in 2014-15. Now in his fourth WHL season, Comrie is a candidate to play for Canada in the 2015 World Juniors. Already signed to an entry-level NHL contract with the Jets, he will likely need time at the AHL level but is expected to eventually compete with Connor Hellebuyck for the starter's role in Winnipeg.

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