The Good: Irving has a calm demeanor along with a quiet goaltending style that lets the shot hit him while not overplaying the shooters which are all qualities needed to be a NHL netminder. The thin goalie does not fill the net with his frame so he needs to play more at the top of his crease and be more aggressive with his stick when challenging the shooters. Irving is considered a quiet goaltender because he lets the shot hit him, and doesn’t overplay shooters. There is nothing flashy about his game, but he owns the calm demeanor scouts look for in starting netminders. Irving is the future of the Calgary Flames franchise in goal, and has proved that in his limited NHL experience so far.
The Bad: He will need to add muscle to his lanky frame and will continue his development as a starter with the Heat instead of filling the back-up role in Calgary. He could be a little more aggressive with his stick and when challenging shooters. He may have to battle Henrik Karlsson and Karri Ramo in the next few seasons for the backup position.
- WHL West Second All-Star Team – 2006
|2008–09||Quad City Flames||AHL||47||24||18||2||2658||99||1||2.23||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Victoria Salmon Kings||ECHL||8||2||4||2||490||25||0||3.06||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|