Leland Irving

Posted: February 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Calgary Flames
 

(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

 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.

Awards

  • WHL West Second All-Star Team – 2006

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
2003–04 Everett Silvertips WHL 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0.00 3 1 0 104 2 0 1.15
2004–05 Everett Silvertips WHL 23 9 8 1 1132 34 2 1.80
2005–06 Everett Silvertips WHL 67 37 22 4 3791 121 4 1.92 12 8 3 747 21 3 1.68
2006–07 Everett Silvertips WHL 48 34 9 3 2802 87 11 1.86 12 6 5 639 30 0 2.81
2007–08 Everett Silvertips WHL 56 27 24 3 3258 133 4 2.45 3 0 3 139 10 0 4.30
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 47 24 18 2 2658 99 1 2.23
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 35 14 17 2 1850 85 1 2.76 1 0 1 14 3 0 12.97
2009–10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 8 2 4 2 490 25 0 3.06
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 61 30 26 8 3437 40 8 2.30
AHL totals 101 49 41 10 5623 224 10 2.38 1 0 1 14 3 0 12.97
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 CALGARY
ON PACE 7 1 1 4 386 0 21 246 3.26 .915
Drafted: 26th overall, 2006
Calgary Flames
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