Zach Nagelvoort
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Zach Nagelvoort


Holland Michigan

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4th round (111th overall), 2014


190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2010-11: Zach Nagelvoort played for the Compuware program in Michigan. In 22 games with the Compuware U18 team he had a 1.80 goals against and .921 save percentage. Nagelvoort played 17 games with the Compuware midget major (U16) team and had a 2.12 goals against and .875 save percentage.

2011-12: Zach Nagelvoort played junior hockey in the North American Hockey League as a 17-year-old — beginning the season with the Kalamazoo Jr K Wings before going to the Traverse City North Stars. He was 2-1 with a 2.68 goals against and .921 save percentage in three games with the K Wings before going to Traverse City. Nagelvoort was 8-5-1 with three shutouts in 16 regular season games for the North Stars and had a 2.19 goals against and .921 save percentage. Twenty-year-old Kyle Laslo started all four playoff games for Traverse City.

2012-13: Nagelvoort began the year with the NAHL’s Soo Eagles — appearing in 18 games as a backup to Colorado College recruit Tyler Marble — before a trade to the Aberdeen Wings. He finished the year with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and in April 2013 committed to playing college hockey at Michigan in 2013-14. In 28 NAHL games between the Soo and Aberdee he was 17-16-2 (8-1-1 with the Wings) and had a 2.10 goals against and .936 save percentage. Aberdeen finished three points shy of a playoff spot.

2013-14: Nagelvoort emerged as a starter for the University of Michigan in his freshman season. In 24 games for the Wolverines he was 11-9-3 with one shutout and had a 2.20 goals against and .929 save percentage. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Nagelvoort, in his third year of draft eligibility, was ranked 21st amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings and was selected by Edmonton in the fourth round (111th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Nagelvoort is a butterfly style goalie with an outstanding combination of a large frame, great reflexes, and excellent play down low. He uses his leg strength remarkably well in moving laterally and collapsing down low. He plays with confidence and is a competitor that exudes calmness and composure; tracking plays and limiting second and third chances. One of Nagelvoort’s best attributes is his excellent glove. It’s quick and he can make catches look easy. He is an adept puck handler and does a good job of steering pucks away from the net.


Nagelvoort is in his sophomore season at Michigan in 2014-15. Sharing time with junior Steven Racine, his numbers have been slightly off from those of his impressive freshman season but the Wolverines are enjoying a successful season and during one mid-season stretch Nagelvoort won seven of eight starts. Likely to use all four years of his college eligibility before turning pro, Nagelvoort's progress to this point suggests he can be an NHL goaltender one day.

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