Monday, June 06, 2011

Marc Cheverie Is An NHL Restricted Free Agent

Marc Cheverie
From: The Litter Box Blog

Understandably overshadowed by the 'Florida Panthers future in goal' Jacob Markstrom, two goaltenders in the organization, Tyler Plante and DU Alum Marc Cheverie each have an important role to fill in the near future.

After two dominant years with the University of Denver of the WCHA, Cheverie signed with the Panthers in April of 2010 with a two year Entry-Level Contract. A huge steal in the 2006 Entry Draft, Cheverie was drafted 193rd overall by then-GM Randy Sexton. Cheverie has found himself awarded the WCHA Player of the Year as well as a Hobey Baker award finalist. Since leaving DU, Cheverie played in 30 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones and 15 games with the Rochester Americans, going 2-7-1 with a 3.91 GAA and .888 SV%. Don't let these numbers fool you though, Cheverie was called up after Markstrom went down on a horrible Rochester squad.

Why Cheverie will be resigned:
As with Tyler Plante, there really isn't much of a reason not to resign Marc Cheverie. With Alexander Salak traded, Cheverie could be the best goalie in the system behind Markstrom, he's just farther down the road. Cheverie would be the likely fill in if a back-up is needed with the Panthers' AHL affiliate next season, but if not he will assuredly stay with the Cyclones. If Cheverie is resigned, expect a sizable pay-cut from the nearly 1 million cap hit he has now. Unlike Plante, Cheverie might be pursued by other teams being a more attractive RFA, but even then I doubt any team will go too high for Tallon to counter.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

SHOCKING I THOUGHT HE WOULD BE AN NHL ALL STAR BY NOW

dggoddard said...

Relax.

The two best college goaltenders in recent years, Jimmy Howard & Brian Elliot, took four years to get their shot in the NHL.

Imaws Kcup said...

I don't think that I would put Elliot as part of the category of "two best college goaltenders in recent years". Perhaps my memory is failing, but I remember him being really good, but not totally dominant like a Jimmy Howard. IIRC, the guy before Elliot at Wisco was even better. (It's sad I can't remember his name.

It's nearly impossible to make it as an NHL goaltender. IMO, it's more about finding the "right situation" than actually being the "best". Basically, the guy in front of you has to get traded, get injured, or be god-awful.

To this day, I still think that Dubie had the tools to be a starter in the NHL but never found the right situation.

dggoddard said...

Elliott & Howard are the only two guys that I can think of that had sub 2.00 career GAA in college and took their teams to a Frozen Four.

Are there any others?

David McKee at Cornell was another sub 2.00 GAA, but he never went to a Frozen Four.

Imaws Kcup said...

I stand corrected. I just looked at his stats and they are impressive. Possibly the reason he didn't stick out to me was because Wisco had that bad '06-07 season with him. Bernd Bruckler was the guy I was thinking of.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if McKee would have had a sub 2.00 GAA if he had been facing WCHA or Hockey East qulaity competition every week.

Anonymous said...

Bruckler has nothing on Elliot...Elliot was a wall.

Dubie had a sub 2.00, on a team that SHOULD HAVE been in the frozen 4. Fucking red berenson...

Pioneers04 said...

@7:21 I blame the NCAA for that one making the #1 overall team play a road game on another team's home ice

pesimisticfan said...

Jon Quick is def better than Brian Elliott

Anonymous said...

he's definitely got a quicker glove hand. (yes, worst joke ever).