Jared Coreau
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Jared Coreau

Hometown:

Perth Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-11-05

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Jared Coreau appeared in 12 games for the Peterborough Liftlock Stars in the Ontario Junior Hockey League as a backup to 18-year-olds Mathieu Cadieux and Zach Fryia. He was 8-1 with a 2.16 goals against and .930 save percentage. Coreau was selected by Saint John in the 11th round (189th overall) of the QMJHL Entry Draft. In June he committed to playing college hockey at Northern Michigan in 2010-11.

2009-10: Coreau skated for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars; appearing in 38 of 60 games. Playing on the Western Conference’s last place team, he was 7-22-0 with 1 shutout and had a 3.62 goals against and .882 save percentage.

2010-11: Coreau appeared in 15 games as a backup to junior Reid Ellingson in his freshman season at Northern Michigan. He was 5-5-2 and had a 3.71 goals against and .909 save percentage. The Wildcats finished sixth in the CCHA and lost to Bowling Green in double overtime in the decisive third game of their first round playoff series.

2011-12: Coreau split time with Ellingson in his sophomore season. He was 12-7-2 in 23 games, recording his first collegiate shutout, and had a 2.22 goals against and .928 save percentage. Northern Michigan again finished sixth in the CCHA and fell to Bowling Green in the first round for the second straight year. Coreau started the first and third games of the series, recording 31 saves in a 4-1 win in the first game before allowing four goals on 19 shots in a 4-1 loss in the decisive third game.

2012-13: Coreau appeared in all 38 games for Northern Michigan as a junior in what would be his final season of college hockey. He was 15-19-4 with 1 shutout and had a 2.70 goals against and .919 save percentage. The Wildcats finished 10th out of 11 teams in the final season of the CCHA and were swept by Michigan in a first round series. In April 2013 Coreau was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent to a three-year entry-level contract.

2013-14: Coreau had a challenging first season in pro hockey — failing to earn a win in five appearances with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids and winning just once with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. He was 0-4 with a 4.39 goals against and .873 save percentage playing for the Griffins. Coreau played in 20 games for Toledo and was 1-12-6 with a 4.03 goals against and .879 save percentage. The Walleye missed the ECHL playoffs, finishing last in the North Division.

2014-15: Coreau enjoyed a successful second season in the Detroit organization — seeing more time with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins than expected due to injuries in the Red Wings system — and playing for a much-improved Toledo squad in the ECHL. Splitting time with minor league veteran Tom McCollum with Grand Rapids, he was 13-7-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.24 goals against and .924 save percentage in his first 21 games. Toledo went from last place to finishing in first in the re-aligned North Division and in eight games Coreau was 5-2 with a 3.01 goals against and .897 save percentage.

2015-16: Coreau handled the bulk of the goaltending for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his third pro season. Sharing the net with 2008 first-round pick Tom McCollum, he played in a career-high 47 games during the regular season. Coreau was 29-15-2 with six shutouts and had a 2.43 goals against and .922 save percentage. The Griffins finished fourth in the Central Division, reaching the AHL playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Talent Analysis

Coreau is a big, athletic goaltender who occasionally relies on his quickness to bail himself out. He has worked on his technique since joining the Detroit organization, but still has room to improve.

Future

Coreau enjoyed his best season to-date in 2015-16, appearing in 47 games with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids and recording six shutouts. An unheralded free agent when he was signed by the Red Wings in 2013, he is ahead of high profile draft picks Thomas McCollum and Jake Paterson at this point in his development. How much upside there is for the 24-year-old remains to be seen but his progress to this point suggests he has the potential to play in the NHL in the right situation.

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