Kent Patterson
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Kent Patterson

Hometown:

Plymouth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-09-15

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (113th overall), 2007

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: In his first year in the USHL, Kent Patterson suited up for Cedar Rapids, posting a 20-5-3 record with a 2.91 GAA and a .913 save percentage (2nd in league). He was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team for his efforts this season.

2007-08: The net-minder missed much of the season to an injury, but still managed to post a 10-6-1 record with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL), his second year with the club. His 2.49 goals against average was an improvement over last year and he again posted a .912 save percentage. Expect to see him with Minnesota (WCHA) for 2008-09.

2008-09: A member of the University of Minnesota (WCHA), Patterson didn’t see much ice-time as a freshman playing behind sophomore Alex Kangas (ATL). He started in just one game (34 saves) and saw action in seven matches.

2009-10: Patterson appeared in eight games, making six starts, as a sophomore at Minnesota. He finished with a record of 2-4-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .901 save percentage as junior Alex Kangas handled the bulk of the goaltending for the Gophers. Minnesota struggled to stay above .500 for most of the season and finished 18-19-2 after losing a first round WCHA playoff series.

2010-11: Patterson emerged as the Gophers' starter following a season-ending injury to Kangas and started 28 of 36 games as a junior for Minnesota. He finished 14-9-6 with a 2.54 GAA and .919 save percentage. Minnesota, after finishing fifth in the WCHA, was swept by Alaska-Anchorage in a two-game first round WCHA playoff series. Patterson was named to the WCHA Second All-Star team.

2011-12: Patterson was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Avalanche in May 2012 after an outstanding senior season at the University of Minnesota. He was named to the NCAA West Second All-American Team and was the top goalie in the WCHA as the Gophers were one of the top teams in college hockey. Minnesota won the WCHA regular season title and avenged a loss to North Dakota in the conference tournament semifinals by defeating the Fighting Sioux in the NCAA West Regional Final to reach the Frozen Four. Patterson played all 43 games for the Gophers and was in net for all but 20 minutes – finishing 28-4-1 with 7 shutouts and a 2.32 goals against and .907 save percentage.

2012-13: Patterson appeared in five games with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his first pro season and combined with fellow Avalanche prospect Kieran Millan to lead the first-year Denver Cutthroats to a Central Hockey League playoff berth. Patterson was 1-2-1 with 1 shutout for the Monsters and had a 2.55 goals against and .907 save percentage. In 33 regular season games for the Cutthroats he was 14-10-6 with 1 shutout and had a 3.01 goals against and .910 save percentage. Patterson appeared in two playoff games in Denver's five-game series with Allen and was 0-1 with a 3.25 goals against and .868 save percentage.

 

Talent Analysis

Patterson boasts good size and athleticism, consistently stifling his opponents. His rebound control has been somewhat of an issue, but he has proven to be a top goaltender at every level he has played at thus far.

 

Future

Patterson is currently fighting with Kieran Millan for the number one spot for the Denver Cutthroats. While his game has not fallen off, he has been leap frogged on the depth chart by better talents.

 

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