Paul Dainton
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Paul Dainton

Hometown:

Halifax Nova Scotia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-12-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Paul Dainton was named team captain at the start of his senior season with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and for the fourth straight year, had to stand on his head because of a less than stellar squad. The Halifax product was the lone bright spot in the Minutemen’s dismal 6-23-6 record. In seven of the team’s 23 losses, the 5’11 net minder allowed three or less goals. The Minutemen also lost 11 games by only one goal. Dainton finished the year with a 3.06 goals against average and became the holder of UMass’ most career saves record. He played five games with the Springfield Falcons and had an impressive 2.63 goals against average.

2011-12: The 25-year-old spent 21 games between the Chicago Express and the Reading Royals of the Eastern Coast Hockey League. In 972 minutes in the ECHL, Dainton had a 3.21 goals against average. He got another chance with Springfield and played well despite posting a win percentage just above .500 (12-11-1). In 28 games with the Falcons, he had a 3.11 goals against average.

 

Talent Analysis

After taking over for the graduated Jonathan Quick at UMass, Dainton showed that he had four years of great hockey in him. From his rookie season, he proved that he was an aggressive net minder who relied on his strong legs to kick pucks away. His lateral quickness has room to improve, but he does a very good job hugging the posts when facing sharp angle shots.

 

Future

The 25-year-old will play in Springfield next year. He is a butterfly goalie who plays at the top of the crease. With room to fine tune his game, Dainton has the potential to break into the NHL, but will be nothing more than a spot starter between the pipes.

 

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