Zachary Fucale
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Zachary Fucale

Hometown:

Rosemère Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-05-28

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2013

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (36th overall), 2013

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Zachary Fucale played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings midget AAA team in Quebec. He appeared in 28 regular season games and was 15-5 with a 3.09 goals against and .901 save percentage. In the playoffs he was 7-1, handing the Telus Cup-bound Lac Saint-Louis Lions their first playoff loss, and had a 3.61 goals against and .901 save percentage in 10 games. Fucale was selected by Halifax in the first round (11th overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Fucale appeared in 58 games for Halifax and was named to the QJMHL's All-Rookie Team. The Mooseheads were one of the league's top teams, finishing second in the Maritimes Division and reaching the playoff semifinals. Fucale was 32-18-6 and had 2 shutouts with a 3.16 goals against and .892 save percentage. In 17 playoff games he was 10-7 (with two overtime losses) with a 2.88 goals against and .904 save percentage. Fucale played for Canada Quebec in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge tournament, finishing with a 3.25 goals against and .906 save percentage in five games.

2012-13: Fucale returned to Halifax after winning a gold medal with Canada's U18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August; playing for a Mooseheads team that dominated the league, winning 58 of 68 games. Furcale was 45-7 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.35 goals against and .909 save percentage in 55 games. In the playoffs he was 12-0 series with a 2.02 goals against and .903 save percentage as Halifax swept its first three heading into the finals. Fucale and Eric Comrie were the goalies for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, with Fucale stopping 23 shots in a 4-0 shutout win over Finland in the gold medal game. Fucale was the top ranked North American goalie in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Cool as a cucumber between the pipes, Fucale has continuously stepped up to a challenge when called upon and given the team in front of him a chance to win every night. Quick in his crease with great positioning, Fucale seems to play better when he's kept busy. Though he never seems to get rattled and plays with the poise and maturity of a much older player, at times it appears his focus wanes. He also needs to continue to refine his rebound control.

 

Future

Fucale should see two more years at the junior level as the starting goalie for the Halifax Mooseheads. He needs to continue improving his overall game and prove it wasn't his talent teammates that were responsible for his success. The talent goalie will likely have to carry his team this season as well as the bulk of the workload in the nets.

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