2009-10: Jake Paterson played for the Toronto Marlboros midget minor AAA team that competed in the 2010 OHL Cup. In 50 games with the Marlies, he had a 1.41 goals against and 15 shutouts. Paterson was 5-1 with 1 shutout and a 0.78 goals against in six games at the OHL Cup. He was selected by Saginaw in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
2010-11: Paterson made his OHL debut with Saginaw as a 16-year-old and skated for the NOJHL’s Soo Eagles Junior A team. He won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 U17 Hockey Challenge though he did not see any action. Paterson made 23 saves in a win over Belleville in his first start on October 23rd. In five appearances with the Spirit throughout the season he was 3-2 with a 2.97 goals against and .907 save percentage. Paterson was 10-1-2 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.95 goals against and .921 save percentage for the Eagles. In 15 NOJHL playoff games he was 11-4 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.42 goals against and .931 save percentage for the NOJHL champions. Paterson was named to Team Ontario but Daniel Altshuller of the Nepean Raiders started all six games.
2011-12: Paterson handled the bulk of the goaltending chores for Saginaw in his first full OHL season and was impressive in the playoffs for the Spirit. He appeared in 42 games during the regular season and was 18-21 with 1 shutout; posting a 3.42 goals against and .904 save percentage. The Spirit finished third in the West and reached the second round of the playoffs. The Spirit were the only team to beat league champion London in regulation in the playoffs – winning twice in the team’s second-round six-game series. In 12 playoff games, Paterson was 6-6, with three of the losses coming in overtime, and had a 3.05 goals against and .903 save percentage. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked third amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Paterson appeared in 50 of 68 games for Saginaw in his second OHL season. He was 25-18-5 with 1 shutout and had a 3.53 goals against and .901 save percentage. The Spirit finished fourth in the West Division and were swept by OHL champion London in a first round series. Paterson started all four playoff games and finished with a 5.36 goals against and .860 save percentage. He skated in the 2012 Subway Super Series and was Canada’s third goalie at the 2013 World Junior Championship, backing up Malcolm Subban (Boston) and Jordan Binnington (St. Louis).
2013-14: Paterson attended training camp with Detroit, signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in September 2013, before returning to Saginaw for his third OHL season. He played for Canada in the 2014 World Juniors. Paterson was 24-18-2 with two shutouts in 45 regular season games for the Spirit and had a 3.41 goals against and .906 save percentage. Saginaw finished third in the West Division and lost to Erie in a first round playoff series. Paterson was 1-4 and had a 4.67 goals against and .889 save percentage in five playoff games. He was 1-1 with a 3.36 goals against and .868 save percentage for Canada as Canadiens’ prospect Zach Fucale saw the bulk of the action. Canada finished fourth, losing to Russia, 2-1, in the bronze medal game.
2014-15: Paterson returned to the OHL as a 20-year-old, beginning the year with Saginaw before being acquired by Kitchener in a mid-season trade. In 50 regular season games between the two teams he was 26-21-3 with three shutouts and had a 2.90 goals against and .917 save percentage. Kitchener made the playoffs despite finishing last in the Midwest Division.
Paterson is an athletic goaltender who is at his best when he is playing within his abilities. He has the quickness to make a big save in the pinch, but will challenge shooters. Paterson has leadership qualities, as well, making the players in front of him want to play well for him. Overall, he has the talent and desire to one day become an NHL goaltender.
Paterson spent an overage season in the OHL in 2014-15, beginning the year with Saginaw before a trade deadline deal to the Kitchener Rangers. He finished his junior career on an up note, playing well with Kitchener down the stretch. He should compete with Jared Coreau for playing time next year — either with Toledo in the ECHL or for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. Long-term he has the physical tools and skills to play at the NHL level one day but must put things together in a complete package.