Michael McNiven

Hometown:

Georgetown Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-07-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

220 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Michael McNiven played for the Halton Hurricanes minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He had a 1.48 goals against in 22 games. McNiven was selected by the Owen Sound Attack in the fourth round (66th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: McNiven played junior A hockey with the Georgetown Raiders in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He was 21-10-0 with five shutouts and had a 2.60 goals against and .916 save percentage in 35 regular season games. The Raiders finished second to Buffalo in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals against the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. McNiven had a 2.70 goals against and .908 save percentage in 13 playoff games. 

2014-15: McNiven appeared in 24 regular season games as a backup to 19-year-old Jack Flinn in his first season with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. He was 15-8-0 with two shutouts and had a 2.79 goals against and .914 save percentage. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division, falling to Guelph in a first-round playoff series. McNiven was ranked 21st amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting rankings but was not selected in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

2015-16: McNiven attended training camp with the Montreal Canadiens as an undrafted free agent and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Montreal before returning to Owen Sound for his second OHL season. Taking over as the starter in goal for the Attack, he was 21-18-10 with three shutouts in 53 regular season games and had a 2.94 goals against and .902 save percentage. Owen Sound finished fourth in the Midwest Division, falling to London in a first-round playoff series. McNiven was 2-4 with one shutout and had a 3.67 goals against and .875 save percentage in six playoff games.

Talent Analysis

McNiven has the prototypical size of an NHL goaltender and uses his size to advantage. He moves well in the crease — making powerful but controlled movements. He has an active glove and plays an aggressive game when the puck is in close to the net.

Future

McNiven emerged as the starting goalie for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2015-16 in his second season with the club. Signed to an entry-level contract after attending Montreal's 2015 training camp as an undrafted free agent, McNiven is a long-range prospect who will have time to continue developing at the major junior level before challenging for a spot in the organization.

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