Scott Wedgewood
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Scott Wedgewood

Hometown:

Etobicoke Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-08-14

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (84th overall), 2010

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Scott Wedgewood turned it on in his second season with Plymouth, though in a backup role to Matt Hackett. In his 18 games, he would post a .909 Save % with a 3.26 GAA. He would also manage to start in 4 playoff games for Plymouth with an astounding .956 Save % and 2.07 GAA.

2010-11: Wedgewood established himself as a starter in his third OHL season with Plymouth and was at his best in the Whalers’ seven-game first round playoff series win over Kitchener. In 55 regular season games, Wedgewood had a record of 28-20 and two shutouts with a 2.99 GAA and .908 save percentage. Wedgewood started 10 of 11 games for Plymouth in the playoffs and was 4-6 with a 3.27 GAA and .923 save percentage. Wedgewood stopped 52 of 57 shots in a first round win over Kitchener and had a 54-save effort in an overtime loss to eventual OHL champion Owen Sound in the second round.

2011-12: Wedgewood played for OHL West Division champ Plymouth and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Wedgewood was 28-13 with 3 shutouts in 43 games for the Whalers and had a 3.02 goals against and .911 save percentage. He started all 13 playoff games and was 7-6 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.38 goals against and .928 save percentage. Wedgewood started three games for Canada; recording a shutout against the Czech Republic and stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over the USA. In his third start, the semifinal game against Russia, he was replaced by Phoenix prospect Mark Visentin in the second period after allowing four goals in an eventual 6-5 loss. Wedgewood signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Devils in March, 2012.

2012-13: Wedgewood appeared in five games for the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany and was a workhorse for the ECHL’s over-matched Trenton Titans in his first pro season. He made his AHL debut in March and in five late season games was 2-2 with a 3.47 goals against and .886 save percentage. Wedgewood played 48 games for Trenton, playing three games in a weekend at times, and was 20-22-5. He faced over 2700 shots on a Trenton team that finished last in the Atlantic Division; posting a 3.22 goals against and .900 save percentage.

 

Talent Analysis

A technically sound, hybrid style goaltender with great down-low net coverage and reflexes, Wedgewood often plays like he has ice in his veins. In his first year in the ECHL, Kinkaid faced the unenviable task of getting barraged with shots on a nightly basis. He does however seem to thrive under that type of heavy pressure. Wedgewood has the makings of a big-game goaltender and has shown the ability to be a dominant workhorse, often carrying the team on his back for large stretches of time. As a bonus, he also has great puck-handling skills, often acting as a third defenseman.

 

Future

After an inconsistent rookie year in the AHL, Wedgewood needs to re-establish himself in the organization. He showed some promise in the spring when he received a string of games to boost his confidence. With Keith Kinkaid surpassing him, Wedgewood will have to wait and see if he gets a shot should Kinkaid struggle as New Jersey's backup.

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