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.

2013-14: Wedgwood shared the goaltending duties for Devils AHL affiliate Albany with Keith Kinkaid in his second pro season. He was 16-14-3 with four shutouts in 36 games and had a 2.39 goals against and .899 save percentage. Albany finished second in the Northeast Division and lost to eventual Calder Cup finalist St. John’s in a first-round playoff series. Wedgewood did not appear in any playoff games as Kinkaid started all four games for the Devils. 

Talent Analysis

Wedgewood is a technically sound, hybrid style goaltender with great down-low net coverage and reflexes. He often plays like he has ice in his veins but has put pressure on himself at times at the pro level and his production has suffered as a result. He seems to thrive when facing a lot of shots and has the makings of a big-game goaltender who can be a dominant workhorse, carrying the team on his back for large stretches. Like another former New Jersey goalie he also has great puck-handling skills, often acting as a third defenseman. His production to this point has not yet matched his considerable skill set.

Future

Wedgewood attended training camp with New Jersey before being assigned to AHL affiliate Albany to start the 2014-15 season. Backing up first Keith Kinkaid and then veteran Scott Clemmensen with Albany to start the year, he has struggled thus far with the uneven workload. One of the top goaltenders in his age group coming out of junior hockey it was envisioned that Wedgewood might one day be the heir apparent to Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. The acquisition of Cory Schneider seemed to end that scenario and Kinkaid appears to be ahead of Wedgewood in the pecking order at this time as well. Wedgewood's skill level suggests he can be a successful NHL starter one day. That opportunity may have to come elsewhere.

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